September saw 118 Chinese mobile applications get banned by the government of India. PUBG Mobile was silently included in the list of 118 apps that gave rise to loud protests from fans asking for its return. Krafton announced the re-launch of PUBG ahead of 2021 but the PUBG Mobile India delay seems to not meet its end.
Chinese developer Tencent was prohibited to distribute PUBG in India any further post September ban, but the organization was unwilling to give up on one of the largest markets for their game. Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has presumably denied permission to launch the PUBG Mobile in India after the organization went through changes in several corporate and technical layers in the company.
“We don’t have any news to share at this time regarding PUBG Mobile India. Keep an eye on the official website for more information!” stated Microsoft Azure.
According to a report, several sources indicate that PUBG Mobile will not see the light of day in India, at least not before February.
Other than the Ministry of Electronics and IT, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights believes it to be inappropriate to launch the game before proper legislation is established with their chairperson Priyank Kanoongo recommending against the relaunch.
With the government being against any such apps stating “are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, the security of the state and public order”., the relaunch seems a far-fetched dream at this point. We can only hope that Tencent makes enough changes in their profile to convince the Indian government to allow the distribution.