The government can soon ban the Battlegrounds (PUBG) for PlayerUnknown in India. A month after the Indian government banned 59 Chinese apps including famous ones like TikTok, UC Browser, citing data protection concerns, reports indicating a ban on 275 apps have begun to emerge online. Monday’s government banned 47 more Chinese apps that were clones of the previously banned devices. Some of them include TikTok Lite, Helo Lite, ShareIt Lite, Bigo Lite, and VFY Lite, all reportedly unavailable in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. While PUBG is not a part of the chart, it is said to be below the scanner.
PUBG is one of India, and many other countries,’ most popular mobile smartphone games. The app can boast more than 175 million downloads in India alone. PUBG was developed by Bluehole, a South Korean videogame company. Chinese multinational conglomerate Tencent, however, holds a considerable share in the popular game. The government is considering a ban on data protection issues in the battle royale style game. Due to suspected data-sharing activities with the Chinese Government, several applications have been on the radar recently.
In the past, PUBG has been the target of strong criticism many times but for another reason. Upon receiving many complaints from parents and guardians, some nationwide state governments placed a temporary ban on the gaming app because of its addictive nature, which has had a psychological effect on players, particularly young people.
PUBG then ensured that parents, educators and government agencies would provide input to create a healthy environment that would improve the experience of gambling. India’s neighbouring country, Pakistan too, banned PUBG earlier this month because of the game’s addictive nature, which is harmful to the player ‘s safety. Later on July 26, the ban was lifted by a Pakistan court.