PUBG Mobile has terminated access for users in India from 30 October. The move comes two months after New Delhi banned the game over cybersecurity concerns. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) banned the apps, including PUBG. It went on to state that the apps “engaged in activities prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, the security of the state and public order.” However, according to a TechCrunch report, unlike other affected apps that became unavailable within days, PUBG Mobile remained accessible for users who already had them installed on their devices. The report added that PUBG Mobile had, in fact, retained more than 90 per cent of its monthly active users in the country.
PUBG has now taken to its official Facebook account to announce that to comply with the interim order of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology dated 2 September 2020, Tencent Games will terminate all service and access for users in India to PUBG MOBILE Nordic Map: Livik and PUBG MOBILE Lite (together, “PUBG Mobile”) on October 30, 2020.
They added that the rights to publish PUBG Mobile in India would be returned to the owner of the PUBG intellectual property.
The post went on to add that protecting users has always been a top priority, and PUBG Mobile has always complied with applicable data protection laws and regulations of the country.