PUBG MOBILE banned in India

PUBG MOBILE Players Unknown’s BattleGrounds MOBILE, popularly known as PUBG MOBILE, has been a massive trend among the audiences since its launch in 2017. It is one of the top five smartphone games in the world, with over 734 million downloads.

It was recently banned by the Government of India along with 118 additional Chinese apps on September 2, after fresh skirmishes were reported in Ladakh along the Line of Actual Control bordering China. The government, however, claimed the decision was taken “to ensure safety, security, and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace”.

According to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the PUBG MOBILE game has been banned along with the other apps under Section 69A of the IT Act, on  “they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, the security of the state and public order”.

The move is aimed to ensure the safety of Indian cyberspace.

Earlier, in June, the government had banned 59 Chinese mobile apps including video sharing platform TikTok and online shopping platform Shein, over security concerns.

 

PUBG MOBILE was a Fan-Favourite!

 

Excerpt of PUBG Mobile

 

The players of India constitute at least 25% of the global players in PUBG MOBILE, making more than 50 million players in India. After the ban, Tencent Games, developer of PUBG MOBILE, has lost more than 34 billion dollars.

PUBG MOBILE or PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is a Hunger Games-style competition in which 100 players face off with automatic weapons until there is only one left. Tencent introduced a stripped-down mobile version, which had the game soaring, especially in the time of the Covid-19 lockdown.

The “pro-players” of the PUBG MOBILE game used to participate in the tournaments, earning lacs and crores of money from this game. Naman “MortaL” Sandeep Mathur – SouL, Yash “VipeR” Soni – SouL, Tanmay “Sc0utOP” Singh – Orange Rock (Fnatic), Harpreet Singh “Ronak” Janjuha – Fnatic, Mohammed Owais Lakhani – Owais – Fnatic, etc., are some of the top and richest PUBG MOBILE players in India. They compete and win cash prizes in weekly PUBG tournaments, ranging from 1 lac to 10 lacs for the first prize. With the boom of esports in India in the past 2-3 years, PUBG MOBILE gaming has become a major source of income for a lot of people.

 

Different reactions on the ban of PUBG MOBILE

While at one point, parents are extremely happy with the decision as they feel that it was an addiction for their children, the youth in expressing their grief all over social media about their decision. Also, it’s a pain for those who have paid subscriptions and have a good amount of money involved in the game.

Also, PUBG MOBILE was a major driving factor behind the growth of the e-sports and gaming industry in India. The most drastic and unexpected outcome of this sudden move is that a lot of players, event organizers, journalists, broadcasters, etc. have been left with an uncertain future as PUBG MOBILE and other e-sports was indirectly responsible for their jobs. This is an unseen human resource cost that will be overlooked by most.

 

A Different Side of PUBG MOBILE

 

PUBG MOBILE Introduction Screen

 

PUBG MOBILE is known to be an extremely addictive game, due to which the game has also come under fire. Many people were getting majorly affected, taking drastic steps, which affect them physically, mentally, and emotionally. Cases of suicides, over-investing in the game, overinvolvement in the game, etc. have been major issues associated with the game. In this period of lockdown, the addiction to PUBG MOBILE has been increased in the majority of the players.

PUBG MOBILE became a top Twitter trend in the world, flood PUBG MOBILE  with reactions as well as memes after the game was banned. Over 1 lac tweets were posted with the hashtag #PUBG and #PUBGMOBILE, not being a surprise due to the immense popularity of the game.

 

Future of the Gaming Industry in India after the ban of PUBG MOBILE

With the ban of one of the biggest mobile gaming applications i.e PUBG MOBILE in India, it has open doors to all the India-based gaming start-ups to boom and grows. After the ban, Vishal Godal, with Akshay Kumar’s help, released an India-based action game, “FAU-G”, and will be launched by October and expects 200-million users. Akshay Kumar also billed the project as playing nicely with the government’s push for self-reliance and indigenous enterprises launched in the wake of the coronavirus crisis dubbed “Atmanirbhar Bharat”.

With such major steps being taken by the government to ban Chinese applications,  and PUBG MOBILE can bring a major change in the Indian Gaming Industry, and in the Indian Economy. Looking at the whole scenario positively, it’ll be something interesting to see how the Indian gaming start-ups take advantage of this scenario and act on it.

 

IT’S JUST A GAME! PUBG MOBILE

Gaming can be an exciting activity, but it is important that you do not over-invest yourself in it. It is important to understand the fact that “it’s just a game!”. Here are some measures you should take when playing –

  1. Take breaks while you’re playing.
  2. Don’t forget to eat, drink water and freshen up between playing. Breathers are important.
  3. Do not disrupt your sleep schedule for gaming. Gaming is exciting but sleep is extremely important.
  4. Sit in a 90-degree position while playing. It is important to keep changing postures while playing to avoid backaches.
  5. Set a time limit and schedule for playing. Prefer to keep a time limit of a maximum of 2 hours.
  6. Remember, it’s just a game! Do not let it get in your head. It’s great that you’re winning and it’s okay if you lose.

 

By Shreya Gupta

Journalism & Mass Communication graduate. Post Graduate in Entertainment, Media & Advertising. Bringing out my passion for writing through this portal. Photographer @shreyaguptaphotography (Instagram)

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