On September 2, the Government of India announced that it would ban 118 apps in India, including PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite. Today, months after the ban, PUBG Mobile’s official Facebook page announces that Tencent Games will end all services and access for Indian users to PUBG MOBILE Nordic Map: Livik and PUBG MOBILE Lite from October 30, 2020. did... The right to publish PUBG MOBILE in India will be returned to the owner of PUBG Intellectual Property.
In the months following the ban, the future of Indian players, teams and subsequent tournaments was questioned. The situation for PUBG Mobile was not good as all Indian teams were unable to participate in PUBG Mobile Pro League Fall Split 2020 South Asia on September 25th. This also meant that Indian teams could not play PMPL SA regardless of the country in which they physically exist. This forced the top 12 teams in the region, including Orange Rock, TSM Entity, Nova GodLike, Galaxy Racer, Fnatic, Team SouL and UMumbae Sports. And Team IND will not participate in the tournament.
Will the PUBG Mobile statement ultimately resolve the dust?
A few days after the ban, PUBG Corporation said:PUBG Corporation has decided not to authorize the PUBG MOBILE franchise to Tencent Games in India... From now on, PUBG Corporation will assume all domestic publishing responsibilities. When the company is looking for ways to provide India with a unique PUBG experience in the near future, We are committed to doing so by maintaining a healthy, localized gameplay environment for our fans... According to the Business Line Report, PUBG Corporation is in talks with Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio and has resumed operations in India after the ban. However, these talks did not seem to have had any consequences.
Given the size of the Indian market and how much money it has made for Tencent, it is unlikely that PUBG Mobile will just close the store and leave. They are certainly already in the process of reestablishing PUBG Mobile in the country, as evidenced by the latest LinkedIn job listings they are looking for a development manager. Someone who works closely with returning PUBG Mobile to India.