Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) Mobile is an online multiplayer battle royale game developed and published by PUBG corporation, a subsidiary of South Korean video game company Bluehole. This app was widely used by a vast amount of users since its worldwide release on 18th March, 2018. The mobile game was banned in India by the government, stating that the app is a threat to national sovereignty and integrity. It was not a decision taken overnight, the ban has been developing for a while as the app was on the list of apps that were considered for ban after the first set of 59 apps banned in june. PUBG along with 117 other apps was banned in India on the 2nd of September.
This 16+ game was accused of causing psychological problems due to graphic violence. Students’ board results were poor due to addiction to the game. Increased violence among the users was noticeable. We also heard news about how a kid in Punjab spent ₹16 Lakhs from his parents’ account on the game. Thus the ban was mostly appreciated by the majority of citizens. But despite the ban, Indians are still accessing and playing the game.
Most casual players, though it’s been a month since the ban, are still playing the game through different means though it’s deemed illegal. The app is simply removed from the play store only. Side-loading the game APK and then by connecting it to the internet, allows the users to play it. The servers of the game are still not blocked by the service providers, as they’ve not yet filtered out IP addresses of the game servers. And I don’t think the government has realized this yet. Updates and PUBG’s new version are still rumored about, but no one can say as of now if the game’s ban will be raised in India.