India banned PUBG Video Game App Among with 118 new Chinese Apps
Updated: Oct 2, 2020
PUBG MOBILE, a wildly popular game in India, was among 118 Chinese apps blocked by the government today amid tension with China over fresh provocation in Ladakh. The move was in the interest of India's sovereignty and integrity, defence and security, the government said in a statement.
Tencent Holdings Ltd's videogame PUBG Mobile ranks among the world's top five smartphone games with over 734 million downloads There are close to 50 million active PUBG players in India, according to reports. The game clocks in some 13 million daily users.
According to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the mobile game has been banned along with the other Apps under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, on grounds that "they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order".
"This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety, security and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace," the statement said, adding that the move would safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users.
Last year, in a measure of PUBG's huge popularity, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during an event on exam stress, had remarked to a mother complaining about her teen: "Yeh PUBG-wala hai kya (Is he a PUBG player?)".
In June, the government banned 59 mobile apps including Bytedance's TikTok, Alibaba's UC Browser and Tencent's WeChat, also citing security concerns.
Explaining its latest move, the ministry said it had received many complaints about the misuse of some mobile apps on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting user data to servers outside India.
"The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures," said the statement.
Back when the Indian government banned 59 Chinese apps, the focus was on TikTok but productivity apps like CamScanner were also banned. This time around, out of the 118 apps banned in India, more than 35 of them are games. While not all are available on iPhone, some of them were quite popular on Android.
List of Chinese games banned in India
Road of Kings- Endless Glory
“Chief Almighty: First Thunder BC
MARVEL Super War NetEase Games
Creative Destruction NetEase Games
Crusaders of Light NetEase Games
Mafia City Yotta Games
Onmyoji NetEase Games
Ride Out Heroes NetEase Games
Yimeng Jianghu-Chu Liuxiang has been fully upgraded
Legend: Rising Empire NetEase Games
Arena of Valor: 5v5 Arena Games
Rules of Survival
Mobile Legends: Pocket
Fighting Landlords - Free and happy Fighting Landlords
Carrom Friends : Carrom Board & Pool Game-
Ludo All Star- Play Online Ludo Game & Board Games
Bike Racing : Moto Traffic Rider Bike Racing Games
Rangers Of Oblivion : Online Action MMO RPG Game
Cyber Hunter Lite
Knives Out-No rules, just fight!
Super Mecha Champions
Dawn of Isles
Ludo World-Ludo Superstar
PUBG MOBILE Nordic Map: Livik
PUBG MOBILE LITE
Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade
Art of Conquest: Dark Horizon
Game of Sultans
The home ministry's cybercrime centre had also recommended blocking these "malicious apps", the government said.
The statement referred to bipartisan concerns flagged by various public representatives in parliament and outside. It said there had been a strong chorus in the public space to take strict action against Apps "that harm India's sovereignty as well as the privacy of our citizens".
The other Apps blocked today include games, online payment services, dating sites and even software to edit selfies.
The move comes a day after the government accused Chinese troops of provocative action again in the South Bank of Ladakh's Pangong Lake. Chinese troops had made a similar attempt on August 31 but Indian soldiers were able to foil them both times, said the government.
There have been a series of clashes and showdowns in Ladakh with China in recent weeks. In June, 20 soldiers died for the country in a clash at Galwan Valley. China also suffered casualties.
The PUBG MOBILE India series for 2020 had a total prize pool of above ₹ 55 lakh and with the player base and international investment, it was projected to grow.
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