PUBG Mobile was banned in India last month along with 117 more Chinese-linked apps. This included both PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite. Following the government order, PUBG Mobile was removed from the Google Play Store and App Store. The game could still be played for those who had it installed on their phones. PUBG Mobile has now announced that it will stop functioning in India from today onwards.
Consequent to the instructions from the Government of India’s Ministry of Electronics and IT, both Google and Apple removed PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite from the Play Store and App Store respectively. This meant that users could no longer download them from the official app stores on Android and iOS. On Android, players could still sideload the APK, and even updates could be delivered in this way. Everyone presumed that the games would shutter their servers pretty soon, as had happened with TikTok and other apps, in compliance with the instructions from the Government of India. However, surprisingly, the games have continued to work up until this point. If you had the games installed, you could log in normally and play the games without any impediment.
But, now PUBG has confirmed that both PUBG Mobile and PUBG Lite will stop working in India from October 30 i.e today onwards. This comes after Tencent Games announced that it will terminate all service and access for users in India for both the games from October 30.
Simply put, you will not be able to play PUBG mobile even if you have the APK installed.
In a Facebook post, PUBG Mobile India said that all the publishing rights for PUBG Mobile will be returned to the owner of the PUBG Intellectual property – PUBG Corporation.
Here’s the full post
”Dear Fans, To comply with the interim order of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology dated September 2, 2020, Tencent Games will terminate all service and access for users in India to PUBG MOBILE Nordic Map: Livik and PUBG MOBILE Lite (together, “PUBG Mobile”) on October 30, 2020. The rights to publish PUBG MOBILE in India will be returned to the owner of the PUBG intellectual property.”
Notably, the gaming apps were banned in India after the government named the two platforms in a list of 118 apps that were suspended in the country over security threats from China.