In a shocking turn of events, Tencent, the parent company of gaming app PUBG on Thursday confirmed the termination of all services and user access across India from October 30. In the line of the announcement made, PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite will no longer work in India from Friday.
Announcing the termination of services on Facebook, PUBG Mobile wrote, “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.”
While users were unable to download the app from the Indian Google Play Store or the Apple iOS App Store from September 2nd, those who already have the game installed were in some cases playing the game. However, with the servers shutting down, it is going to be more difficult for users to play the game in India.
This announcement came close on the heels of PUBG Mobile’s developer PUBG Corp had posted a job opening on LinkedIn that triggered speculations about its return in India. PUBG Corporation recently also announced that they are withdrawing their partnership with Tencent, and that they will work with the Indian government to look for a quick resolution.
It can be recalled that the Indian government on 2nd September, 2020 banned the app under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act 2009 followed by the attacks by Chinese army at LOC. Along with PUBG, 117 other apps were banned in India over the security concerns.