Tenecent announces, termination of all PUBG servers and user access in India

In the recent turn of events, PUBG Mobile India on Friday announced the official termination of all services and user access across India, to PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite.

The company took it to their Facebook page and announced that it will shut down all access and servers in India. The same message was also posted on the game’s community forum. This announcement comes after the Indian government’s decision to ban PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite on September 2 this year. The game was banned under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act 2009.

Adding to this, PUBG Mobile India stated that protecting user data is their top priority and that they have always complied with the data protection laws of the country and all the publishing rights for PUBG Mobile will be returned to the owner of the PUBG Intellectual property, PUBG Corporation.

“Protecting user data has always been a top priority and we have always complied with applicable data protection laws and regulations in India. All users’ gameplay information is processed in a transparent manner as disclosed in our privacy policy. We deeply regret this outcome, and sincerely thank you for your support and love for PUBG MOBILE in India,” Tencent updated on their Facebook page.

However, even after PUBG Corporation had taken away the publishing rights of the game from the Chinese company, Tencent, PUBG is still available for users. Since, PUBG mobile is the mobile version of the PUBG game, which was originally developed by a South Korean gaming company, PUBG Corporation. PUBG Mobile came when the Chinese company Tencent Games bought 1.5% stake in Bluehole Studio. This version of the game was banned by the Indian government due to its connection with China but not the PC version of the mobile gaming app.

Along with PUBG, the Indian government had also banned TikTok and 58 other apps in India. The apps were first removed from the app stores and then blocked on the networks during the first wave of Chinese app ban in India.

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