Indian Government banned PUBG Mobile in the country: An Opportunity for the Indian Game Developers

Since the past few years, PUBG game has been under the spotlight. The Government on India on the 2nd September declared a statement banning PUBG, which is a popular game of royal battles. The game had been topping the charts of both Play store and Apps store for a while now and was loved by the masses. As per the reports, 25% of the global base of PUBG used to be from India. There were 175 million+ installations of PUBG game in India.

Indian Government has Ban Aprox. 117 Apps:

Along with PUBG, the Indian Government also banned 117 apps more, which included apps such as Unlike, Ludo Word, Super Clean, AliPay, Baidu etc. On 29th June 2020 Indian Government had also banned 59 Chinese which was the first round of crackdown. Following this, 47 more Chinese apps were banned as a second crackdown.

Due to the provisions relating to the Information Technology Rules 2009, the government banned PUBG app as there were concerns regarding integrity, the security of India, which were prevailing.

PUBG Mobile Community: Under Stress

The PUBG mobile community was very strong as there were many professional gamers also involved in it. There were many competitive teams which were representing India at various global level tournaments. Many content creators were associated with PUBG for creating live streaming content for which they used to earn a reasonable sum of money.

The Esports Federation of India stated that after the ban of PUBG there was no panic in the sports industry and the industry was well prepared for the same. Lokesh Suji, the federation director, spoke about how the Indian game developers should see this as an opportunity to develop more home-grown games.

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However, the news on social media spread like fire, and social media seemed to be pretty upset about the whole thing. In less than 60 minutes, people on social media were seen expressing their disappointment with the ban, and the same was trending on twitter globally. There were three alternatives to the PUBG game, which were, Cyber Hunter, Creative Destruction, and Rules of Survival, and all the three have also been banned by the Indian Government which is again a sad part.

However, when one door closes the other opens. There are various alternatives to PUBG which are Garena Free Fire, Call of Duty etc. which can be played.

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