PUBG Mobile is on the list of 275 apps that are being reviewed under various pretexts of violations which may result to all, some or none of them getting banned.
PUBG Mobile is yet again on the radar of government after it received banishment from the army personnel earlier this year. 59 Chinese apps were banned recently due to the security and privacy concerns by the government and the decision was made amid the rising tensions across LAC between India and China. This list included famous apps like TikTok and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang.
According to the report by Economic Times, 275 Chinese apps are being “examined for any violation of national security and user privacy, signalling heightened scrutiny and the possibility of more Chinese Internet companies being banned in the country,according to people aware of the developments.”
China’s controversial data-sharing norm which requires the Chinese companies to share data with the government, cites urgent concerns regarding user privacy and data utilization for India. This can be the major reason for the recent wave of bans and more that may occur in the future.
ET also shares that their sources mentioned an ongoing reviewing process for more apps and “Some of these apps have been red-flagged due to security reasons while others have been listed for the violation of data sharing and privacy concerns.”
The apps that have been mentioned in the reports include PUBG Mobile,probably the most famous mobile game in India, and apps like AliExpress,Resso,ULike, 14 MI apps by Xiaomi and the list also includes Supercell, which has no ties to China except Tencent, which is a stakeholder in this company.
PUBG Mobile and its allied esports scene is on the rise and such a decision may harm the player-base and concerned esports industry. The bans are not yet confirmed but the turmoil it may cause is evident.