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PUBG Mobile India: Timeline

A detailed discussion about the recent developments that took place regarding the PUBG Mobile return in India.


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PUBG Mobile and its return in India has been one of the most trending topics in the country. The game announced its return during the auspicious festival of Diwali and since then, several leads took the story of PUBG Mobile India on a good trajectory with small bumps along the way. Today, we round up every thing that happened related to PUBG Mobile India in the last month since its official announcement.

PUBG Mobile return announcement

The flares of joy were ignited when PUBG Corporation announced their return in India through several social media posts with lanterns and Diyas in background suggesting that the game might be launched in India around the festival of Diwali. This announcement hyped up the entire PUBG Mobile community in the country and everyone welcomed the game in a joyous way. The PUBG Mobile pros celebrated the return in their own style.

Soon, there were speculations that the game is releasing before Diwali and a tentative release date of 13th November was guessed by the audience and influencers as well however, the game was not released on that day.

PUBG Mobile India Details:

The official announcement about the return of PUBG Mobile in India had a lot in store for the gaming and esports ecosystem in India. The release not only confirmed the comeback, but also revealed a bunch of big updates. PUBG Mobile India is confirmed to have a green bloodstain effect and this feature is already available in the Korean version. Furthermore, the underage player base will face a time-limit to ensure health welfare. The user interface will also be slightly tweaked and the usual background will be changed to a virtual simulation training ground.

Apart from PUBG Mobile return, Krafton as a whole is entering India to set-up for a sustainable future in the country. The company revealed its plans to invest $100M in the country to contribute to the development of the Indian video game, esports, IT, and entertainment industries.

Krafton will establish a branch office in India and employ at least 100 people specializing in game development, business, and esports. This can be the company’s first step to set-up in India for a long haul. These investments will also largely contribute to the upcoming PUBG Mobile esports league in the country. This will be the first and biggest PUBG Mobile tournament with league structure exclusively formatted for India.

PUBG Mobile India launch date speculations

The large part of the community was constantly speculating one or the other launch date for PUBG Mobile return in India. PUBG India revealed some teasers to hype up the news of its return in the country. Some prominent faces from PUBG Mobile community were seen in this series of teasers and one of them, Kronten Gaming speculated that the game may return in India by 20th November but the official release is pending till date.

Data Migration between PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile India

Several clips went viral on social media where claims were made that the user data from PUBG Mobile is being transferred to the PUBG Mobile India servers. This was one of the biggest revelations as the user data comprised of many valuable things. Some players had a skin inventory worth of thousands of dollars and the normal stats and ranking information was also of utmost importance for every PUBG Mobile player.

This transfer could have solved these problems as players could just access their old accounts instead of creating a new one for the newly developed PUBG Mobile India. No further developments regarding this lead were disclosed.

PUBG Mobile India site highlights ‘Download’ option

Soon after returning in India, PUBG Mobile India website was back and working and some users witnessed something on this official site. Some users sighted the ‘Download’ button while scrolling through the website and hence it was speculated that the game would be available on the official site very soon. This, however, did not lead to any solid proofs about the launch itself and no further sightings were observed till date.

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Another report suggested that PUBG Mobile India has already received an advanced clearance by Google Play Store and hence, the game would not be stuck in the review phase and will be directly published on its official release.

PUBG INDIA PVT. LTD. approved by Govt. of India

The Ministry of Corporate Affairs, has approved the registration of PUBG India Pvt. Ltd., a privately held company under the registrar of companies. PUBG Corp. promised to set up a local office in India to overlook the regional operations and this registration was the first step towards achieving that goal.

Krafton also pledged to invest $100M in India to aid the regional office in establishing itself in the entertainment, IT, and video games sectors in India and to hire over 100 employees in the process.

“Selective influencers have access to the game” – Maxtern

A famous PUBG Mobile content creator and influencer named Maxtern posted a tweet in which he stated that few people already have the access to this game and his audience can expect the first look of PUBG Mobile India on his channel. This tweet was deleted soon after it was posted and hence, the credibility of this information is questionable.

PUBG Mobile India comeback roadblocks

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.” The ban was imposed due to user security and privacy concerns and PUBG Corp. announced the return with these concerns as the top priority. 

All of these measures seemed to be futile when reports suggested that the government won’t budge from their decision of lifting up the ban. According to TOI, their sources 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.”

Another piece of information was revealed after some days where a new reports suggested that PUBG Mobile may not return as soon as the community was expecting. Their sources from MeitY stated that “the [PUBG] Corporation or any new entity in India has not been granted any permission to re-start operations in India.” Their source also added that game can not return back in India unless and until they have the permission of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology India to begin the operations.

Until now, these are the developments that took place in the story of PUBG Mobile return in India. While some have larger significance than others, most of these parts hint that the game is ready for launch and will be publicly available once the prevailing issues are resolved.

Divyesh Moghe
Divyesh Moghehttp://www.talkesport.com
Content writer and Esports enthusiast

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