PUBG Mobile, arguably the most popular mobile game in India, is making a comeback as its developers, Krafton, has started pre-registrations for the game on Google’s Play Store.
PUBG was banned in India in September 2020 due to its association with Tencent, which published the game in the country. At the time, the GoI expressed concerns about the privacy of gamers and the security of their data as it wasn’t stored locally. The government said that these apps “harvested user data and shared it in a manner not defined by its user agreement, which compromised user’s privacy and also threatened national security”.
The game has been rebranded and is now available on Android’s Play Store under Battlegrounds Mobile India.
South Korea-based Krafton, the game developer, severed ties with Tencent and took the reins back for India operations soon after the game was banned and announced that they will be publishing the game themselves. The move has been long coming as Krafton announced last year that they’d host their products and services on Microsoft Azure.
“PUBG Corporation fully understands and respects the measures taken by the government as the privacy and security of player data is a top priority for the company. It hopes to work hand-in-hand with the Indian government to find a solution that will allow gamers to once again drop into the battlegrounds while being fully compliant with Indian laws and regulations,” PUBG Corporation said in a statement at the time.
How to download PUBG Battlegrounds Mobile India?
As mentioned above, at the moment, you can’t install the new PUBG app called Battlegrounds Mobile India. However, you can pre-register and opt for automatic installation when the app is available here.
If you don’t opt to install PUBG Battlegrounds Mobile India automatically, Play Store will notify you when it’s available, and you can install it manually. A pre-registration reward has also been announced for those who use their Google Play account.
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