In a familiar power flex by the Indian government, PUBG along with several other Chinese apps lose Indian markets. On Wednesday, in the aftermath of conspicuous activity on the border that spark fresh friction between India and China, the Indian government decides to axe yet another set of apps, including the widely popular game PUBG.
A total of 118 apps got axed by the Indian government as the Ministry of Information and Technology banned decided to ban them. The banned mobile applications are prejudicial to the sovereignty, integrity, defence of India and the public order, said the Ministry.
Among the fresh lot of apps banned, you will find Baidu, Baidu Express edition, Tencent Watchlist, FaceU, WeChat Reading and Tencent Weiyun alongside PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite.
Reports suggest that there are nearly 33 million active PUBG players in India thereby making it one of the most popular apps downloaded in the country. PUBG happens to clock reportedly 13 million users per day.
The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre which functions under the Ministry of Home Affairs also has sent a recommendation for blocking these apps on the Indian Playstore arena. This happens to be a unified decision with even the public domain voicing a strong demand for quite some time to take strict action against mobile applications which are known to harm India’s sovereignty. These apps are also known to endanger public privacy.
Millions of users who looked at PUBG as a stress-relieving factor and now wondering what another mode of pastime they can move on to.