PUBG Banned in India along with 117 Apps | Chinese Apps Banned Today
So finally Indian Government has PUBG banned in India along with 117 apps. The Information and Technology Ministry on Wednesday banned the hugely popular gaming app PUBG Mobile and 117 other Chinese-linked mobile applications.
The banned apps include Baidu, Baidu Express Edition, Tencent Watchlist, FaceU, WeChat Reading and Tencent Weiyun, besides PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite, according to an official statement.
Tencent Holdings Ltd’s videogame PUBG Mobile ranks among the world’s top five smartphone games with over 734 million downloads There are close to 50 million active PUBG players in India, according to reports. The game clocks in some 13 million daily users.
Why PUBG banned in India?
According to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the mobile game has been banned along with the other Apps under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, on grounds that “they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”.
“This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety, security and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace,” the statement said, adding that the move would safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users.
Later in July, the Government has banned 59 Chinese apps including most popular Short video app TikTok, WeChat, CamScanner and others.
Is PUBG a Chinese Game?
PUBG was developed in South Korea but Tencent licensed the game and was testing a version of the mobile app in China
PUBG banned in India: Here are the 5 Controversies That Rocked PUBG Mobile Game Before
- PUBG banned in India in Rajkot before for creating a negative impact on the minds of players. The Rajkot Police issued a notice stating that anyone can complain against someone playing the game and if found guilty, strict action would be taken.
- A teenager in Punjab reportedly spent Rs. 16 lakhs from his parents’ bank accounts on PUBG Mobile earlier this year, to upgrade his character in the game. Another teenager also in Punjab used his grandfather’s Paytm account to spend Rs. 2 lakh in the game.
- The Jammu and Kashmir Students Association had asked the governor of the state to ban PUBG due to the poor 10th and 12th board results.
- The game also included a feature that was rolled back because it was alleged that it hurt the religious sentiments of some players, in June this year.
- There have also been news reports alleging that the game has caused violence and blaming PUBG in addition for violent acts in the last year or two.
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