India Bans PUBG Along WIth 117 Other Apps: Situation Worsens

Sep 02, 2020 News

India Bans PUBG Along WIth 117 Other Apps: Situation Worsens

China and India don’t look like they’re ready to make amends or to take the situation lightly. The recent tension amidst the two countries due to the border dispute at Ladakh has led to a couple of clashes between the two armies in the region, resulting in several casualties on both sides. As a way to retaliate against China, PM Narendra Modi announced and called for the banning of several Chinese apps in India, including TikTok which was a major source of income for thousands of Indians. Other apps like WeChat - China’s biggest social media platform, and UC Browser have also been banned by the Indian government, as they look to cut off all funding to China made by Indian audiences.

Now, perhaps the most popular game in India - PUBG, has also been banned in the country. This move will definitely not be taken lightly amongst gamers, as the game has promoted ESports in the country to a large extent. PUBG is one of the top 5 most downloaded games on the Google Play Store, with over 700 million downloads made. It also gets a daily user base of about 13 million players from India alone, which is a huge loss for the gaming community in India, as well as Tencent’s business model too.

This is the statement made by the Indian government:

"The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures,"

Apart from PUBG, 117 Chinese apps were banned today in India, making sure they let China know that they won’t let them off easy. However, the decision may as well fire back for the country, as millions of users are being affected by the government’s personal battles, as taking away the freedom and right of users to the apps and games of their choice isn’t the right decision to make. It will be interesting what China does to fight back - as it could stop the supply of Chinese phones in India in itself, but that would also mean a loss in sales. We hope the situation settles down soon so users don’t have to suffer amidst this fight between the two powerhouse countries.

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