PUBG Mobile was banned in India during early September as per the Government orders but, the users who had downloaded the application were still able to play the game. The company posted on Facebook to announce that it will stop all access and servers in India from today onwards. Company had posted the same message on the game’s community forum also. The gaming app was banned in the second wave of the Chinese app ban by the Indian government over national security concerns. 117 other apps were also banned in India along with PUBG.
Those who were already having the game installed were anyhow playing the game while the users could no longer download the app from the Indian Google Play Store or the Apple iOS App Store. It is going to be more difficult for users to play games in India since the PUBG India servers are shutting down. The game will not work with a VPN connection, though the same cannot be confirmed at the moment.
With the announcement of termination of the services on Facebook, PUBG Mobile wrote, “Dear Fans, To comply with the interim order of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology dated September 2, 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. The rights to publish PUBG MOBILE in India will be returned to the owner of the PUBG intellectual property.”
As per the above post, the rights issued to PUBG Mobile in India will be returned to PUBG Corp. Last month, PUBG Corp issued a statement stating that it will be taking the publishing rights of the game from Tencent and also it is working with authorities of India to bring the game back.