PUBG Mobile is finally coming back to India after a two-month-long period of banishment. The ban was imposed due to user security and privacy concerns and PUBG Corp. announced the return with these concerns as the top priority. The game is likely to return back in Diwali but according to reports, PUBG Mobile may face barriers in its road to come back to the country.
23.11.2020 UPDATE: Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India have allowed and accepted the registration of PUBG India Pvt. Ltd.
PUBG Mobile was banned alongside 117 other apps by MeitY under the pretext of these apps being “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, Defense of India and security of the state and public order.”
Since the ban, various developments led to some possibilities of different outcomes but PUBG Corporation officially confirmed that the game is returning back in India. In the statement, PUBG Corp has mentioned that the company is “planning to manage all information more securely, by making the protection and security of users’ personal information a top priority, and verifying personal identification information of Battleground Mobile India users through regular due diligence.”
PUBG Corp. parent company Krafton took extra measures to ensure user privacy by signing a global collaboration with Microsoft Azure to host its portfolio of multiplatform products. All of these measures seem to be futile as the report suggests that the government won’t budge from their decision.
According to TOI, their sources have stated that the government is not planning to favor the PUBG Mobile return in India. The statement reads, “Unless they address the concerns, it will be difficult to grant any relaxation.”
This largely impacts the comeback of PUBG Mobile in India if the government itself stands as a roadblock on the way. PUBG Mobile has confirmed the release and so far, no official statement regarding any such developments has been stated.