PUBG Corporation has announced that it is preparing to launch PUBG Mobile India, a new game specially made for the Indian market. This will be a fork game of PUBG Mobile, which was banned earlier this year in India by the government. Alongside the announcement, the company has revealed its plans on how it will provide a secure and healthy gameplay environment for players, and how it will invest in the country to cultivate local video game, esports, entertainment, and IT industries.
The company is yet to announce the release date of PUBG Mobile India. However, we expect the game to be made available very soon.
PUBG has stated that it plans to create an Indian subsidiary, which will help in communication with players and provide them with localised services. It intends to hire over 100 employees that will specialise in business, esports and game development. It will also work with local businesses to strengthen its gaming service. For this, Krafton Inc plans to invest around $100 million in the country.
It will also be hosting India-exclusive esports events featuring big prize pools, big tournaments and big productions.
PUBG Mobile India will have privacy and security of Indian players data as its top priority, according to the company. It will conduct regular audits and verifications on the storage systems holding Indian users personally identifiable information to reinforce security.
The in-game content will be tailored to reflect local needs, specially customised for Indian gamers. The game will now be set in a virtual simulation training ground, new characters automatically starting clothed, and green hit effects to reflect the virtual nature of the game. It will also include a feature that places restrictions on game time to promote healthy gameplay habits for younger players.
To recall, PUBG Mobile was banned in India on September 2, under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act. The reason behind the ban was that the app has been engaging in activities that are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity, defence and security of the country.
As of now, the game is no more available on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. And even if you manage to get hold of the latest APK, the game does not play, due to the servers being turned off for the country.
After Tencent Games was not able to suffice with the Indian laws and was unable to bring the game back to India, PUBG Corporation announced that it will be revoking distribution rights for the game in India from Tencent. And that it itself will take the helm and help guide the game back into the Indian market.
India is just one of the many countries that have banned the battle royale game. Other countries where the game is banned include China, Jordan, Nepal, Israel and Iraq. Many other countries have plans to ban the game in the near future, according to various reports. The reasons for the bans seem to be similar to that of India.
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