The Business Inside: PUBG Mobile Cutting Ties with Chinese Partner Tencent Gaming

Last week the Indian Govt banned PUBG Mobile and 118 other Chinese apps that were apparently stealing user data and transferring it to Chinese authorities. Although no one is talking about those 118 apps, the banning of the highly popular battle royale game PUBG, put a severe impact on Indian Gaming Community. But now some good news is coming from PUBG Corp. The original internal gaming brand PUBG Corporation that works under Bluehole has released an official statement.

The authorities said on Monday that they will no longer work with Shenzhen-based Tencent Games in India and will take over all the publishing rights and responsibilities within the country. It means that the original South Korea-based gaming company will handle all the responsibilities, and PUBG will get unbanned soon in the country. According to reports, Tencent has already lost $34 billion in the Indian market, just a day after the digital strike by Indian Govt. on 118 Chinese Apps.

This is what PUBG Corporation said in its statement – “We fully understand and respect the measures taken by the Indian Govt and believe us, the privacy and security of player data is a top priority for the company. PUBG Crop hopes to work hand-in-hand with the Indian Govt 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 has decided to no-longer authorize the PUBG Mobile franchise to Tencent Games in India. We will take on all publishing responsibilities within the country. As the company explores ways to provide its own PUBG experience for India shortly, it is committed to doing so by sustaining a localized and healthy gameplay environment for its fans. PUBG Mobile is the mobile version of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), an intellectual property owned and developed by PUBG Corporation, a South Korean gaming company. The company is actively engaged in developing and publishing PUBG on multiple platforms, including PUBG Mobile in select territories, to provide the best player experiences possible.

Aside from taking over the PUBG Mobile franchise, PUBG Corporation is finding ways to engage with the Indian gaming community through various activities such as community events and esports events. Indian Government is yet to provide any verdict on whether the changes made by the company recently would bring any relief to Indian gamers, organizations, and streamers that are relying on PUBG Mobile for the income source.

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