PUBG Mobile, also known as Players Unkown Battle-Grounds, is one of the games that swept most of the Indian gamer’s hearts instantly after its arrival. At the end of 2019, PUBG becomes one of the most downloaded games among most of the devices. It got so big that even Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi also stated that he knows about the game in an interview. The game was banned in India due to the international issues with the company called Tencent, the company that launched PUBG Mobile in India.
PUBG Mobile was banned from India, with 118 more Chinese apps. The Indian government decides to ban most Chinese apps under the suspicion of violating guidelines and putting the privacy of an Indian citizen by sharing their personal data with China’s government by sending the Data from the Indian server to a foreign anonymous server. As the game is featured by Tencent, a Chinese company, when it comes to business, the government decided to ban the game like other Chinese origin apps.
What’s Happening Now
If you also loved playing PUBG Mobile and wish for it to come back soon and play it again, there is good news for you. If everything ends up smoothly, Jio Platforms will become its distributor and distribute PUBG Mobile for Indian players. PUBG’s corporation is under talks with Reliance Jio so they can make it possible for the game comes back to our country. The developer is currently trying to make a full-fledged long-term partnership with the Reliance Jio for the future for PUBG Mobile in India.
Jio and PUBG are currently in the discussions so that they can bring back the game in India. PUBG was previously tied with Tencent Games for distributing PUBG Mobile in India. This news comes from a “The Hindu BusinessLine report,” stating that the talks are still underway. And it also stated that PUBG has long-term plans for the game in India, and they are looking for a local partner in order to unban the game in India.
Some of the sources also suggest that “The discussion is still in its early stages, which started just after the government’s final decision to permanently ban the game in the second round of banning Chinese apps from India. Both Officials decide the ways of how to create various aspects of the deal.” Some of them also added that ” The Legal experts from both sides are discussing possibilities on how revenues should be splits in both sides fairly, whether it would be 50:50 or Jio will be guaranteeing PUBG Mobile a fixed revenues based on the number of users every month.” given that PUBG Mobile has more than 175 million installations from India only. This number accounts for a quarter of its installations worldwide.
If the deal works out, distributing PUBG Mobile will be a big deal for Jio Platforms, then, what remains to be seen if the deal brings the game back as a whole or with some necessary changes. Players can also expect a lot of localized content with new game modes. In the past, PUBG Mobile borrowed all the features from Call of Duty: Mobile, which is also another game that is published by Tencent in India.