Sep 11, 2020 Games
Recently, we heard the news of PUBG getting banned in the country where perhaps it sees the largest amount of user base globally - India. The Indian administration made a decision to ban the game as it was included in the list of many Chinese apps that were growing immensely in the Indian Play Store, and India didn’t want that to happen. India has an ongoing dispute with China, as both countries are on the border fighting each other to gain the region of Ladakh. So in some sort of retaliation, Indian PM Modi called for the ban and boycotting of Chinese apps, which included PUBG Mobile (made by Tencent), TikTok and more.
Now when there are several competitors going at each other in a continuous race and one of them falls down, the others are bound to rise and that’s exactly what happened when PUBG was banned in India. Some of the games that were known to be competitors of PUBG saw a spike in downloads right after PUBG was banned - especially two of them.
Free Fire is one of the top grossing games in the Play Store, as it has over 500 million downloads overall. The game also takes on a battle royale type of gameplay, with players having to survive against other real players and be the last person standing. As per reports and data, Free Fire saw about 2.1 million downloads in the following days of PUBG being banned - a huge feat, but it’s not surprising as the game is often considered the second best option next to PUBG.
CoD Mobile is a game with different dynamics as compared to PUBG, as it’s not a battle royale game primarily, although it has a BR mode inside the game which works pretty well. However, the game’s main focus is on First Person Shooting Multiplayer game modes, as it brings the CoD nostalgia back for players. PUBG and CoD are both popular console and PC games, and hence there’s so much competition between the two. CoD Mobile saw an increase of about 1.15 million downloads - which shows that players are wanting to try the other popular console game out now that PUBG is banned.