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Indian Gamers Boycotting PUBG Mobile & COD Mobile citing Chinese roots

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It’s not the first time that Boycott Chinese movement has begun in India. This time around, the movement is looking to ban Chinese smartphones & some popular Chinese apps like TikTok. A video by Sonam Wanchuk asking for a ban on Chinese games like COD & PUBG Mobile has put the two-game titles under the list of Chinese apps to be boycotted.

Tencent, the developers of PUBG Mobile which is a battle royale game is one of the largest Chinese MNC around the world with a net worth of over $ 500 billion dollars. They are the ones behind the most popular instant messaging app in China known as ‘WeChat’. Similarly, Call of Duty Mobile is developed & published by TiMi studios, a subsidiary of Tencent. The developers at TiMi have created other popular games as well such as Arena of Valor, Crossfire Legends and many more.

However, there has been increased tension across the regions that come around India-China border and because of which the new anti-China movement has led to many Indian gamers uninstalling COD & PUBG Mobile despite the growing esports scene in the country. PUBG Mobile has been conducting several tournaments for Indian players & fans with huge prizepool, and has managed to gain decent audience during their broadcasts. COD Mobile is also ready to embark its journey on the same path.

The process for the un-installation of these two Chinese games has been slower as compared to TikTok that faced instant backlash. We feel like the YouTube vs TikTok fiasco was also a major reason behind it, as Carryminati’s popular video against TikTok’er Amir Siddiqui was put down by YouTube moments before it was going to be the most liked non-musical video on YouTube all across the globe.

Games like PUBG Mobile also came under scrutiny last year when the game was found to be censoring comments made within the game as per Chinese censorship laws. Let us know in the comments section which Chinese games or apps have you uninstalled recently.

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Anuj Rautela
Anuj Rautelahttp://www.talkesport.com
Anuj "BLaSToiS3" Rautela, a MOBA-esports player, played competitively in Arena of Valor, creator of the team "ExDee Gaming" which represented India at Asian Games 2018. A true fitness-freak! & loves to create content; coding when bored.

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