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PUBG might be planning its return, but the Indian government may not budge

PUBG Corp first severed ties with Tencent and then struck a deal with Microsoft for Microsoft Azure in an attempt to allay the government’s concerns so as they could make their way back to the country which had the largest player base.

By: HT TECH
Updated on: Aug 21 2022, 00:02 IST
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PUBG Corporation, the makers of PUBG Mobile, announced on Thursday that they are preparing to make a comeback to India with PUBG Mobile India, a new version of the battle royale created particularly for the country. PUBG Mobile was banned in India in June with the Indian government stating security concerns and for its ties with China thanks to Tencent.

PUBG Corp first severed ties with Tencent and then struck a deal with Microsoft for Microsoft Azure in an attempt to allay the government’s concerns so as they could make their way back to the country which had the largest player base.

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However, according to a report in the Times of India, the offer is not going to work for the government which “remains steadfast on its decision to ban the gaming app in view of the stated concerns”.

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PUBG Corp has plans to invest around $100 million in India with parent company Krafton. The company said that outside of the manufacturing industry, these investments will represent the largest investment made by a south Korean company yet.

They also have plans to set up an Indian subsidiary and want to hire 100 local employees across e-sports, business and game development verticals. In an attempt to “boost” the Indian gaming industry, PUBG Corp will also “collaborate and leverage local businesses to strengthen its gaming service”, as per reports.

Also Read: There’s reportedly a PUBG Mobile ad for India in the works

Since the main issue is about satisfying Indian regulators, the company has said that it is working to provide “a secure and healthy gameplay environment” with the PUBG Mobile India iteration.

However, it seems that the government sources “remained unfazed”. According to ToI the sources said that “unless they address concerns, it will be difficult to grant any relaxation”.

It is not known yet whether the Indian government will reverse its ban with the current set of decisions made by PUBG Corp.

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First Published Date: 13 Nov, 14:19 IST
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