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PUBG's ban in India likely to persist, in spite of Tencent withdrawal

Published: 12:09, 28 September 2020
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In spite of PUBG Corp's withdrawal of Tencent's publishing rights for PUBG in India, it appears that the game's ban will not be revoked in the country.

PUBG has found itself on the list of 118 mobile games and apps originating from China that were banned in India over potential violations of national security and privacy. 

In response, PUBG Corp tried to get in the clear by revoking Tencent's publishing rights for PUBG in India, but it's apparently unlikely that this will help their case.

According to the latest report by Reuters, a senior government official who wanted to remain anonymous due to not being authorised to speak to the media said that there's still the issue of violence in the game that will prevent the ban from being revoked. 

"The violent nature of the game has been the cause of many complaints from all quarters. That does not change with the change in ownership rights", the source said.

If indeed true, this is a bit peculiar, especially since violence doesn't look like it had anything to do with the original reason why PUBG was banned. On the bright side, though, it doesn't look like it's a done deal yet either, so some hope still remains. 

PUBG Corp has been in talks with Jio Platforms, a subsidiary of Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries, but the company stated that nothing has been decided yet. 

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Ironically enough, the depictions of violence have been an issue for PUBG Mobile in China, where the company had to make substantial changes in order to tone it down, ultimately resulting in rebranding itself as Game For Peace. 

You can find Reuters' report here .

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