PUBG Mobile India is not launching anytime soon; the company bans 2 lakh cheaters from the game
This delay is in line with what we initially noted regarding the optimistic environment around the relaunch. Let’s check out everything we know about the PUBG Mobile India launch here.
Some added information regarding the popular Battle Royale game, PUBG Mobile has just surfaced online. According to the details, it looks like the game is not launching any time soon in India. This comes several weeks after Krafton, the parent company of PUBG Studio shared hints about an impending re-launch. As previously reported, initial rumors indicated a Diwali relaunch for PUBG Mobile. PUBG Studio, the company responsible for PUBG Mobile and PUBG also announced several steps that it has taken to address any potential issues.
For some context, it is working on a special version of the game for the Indian market called PUBG Mobile India. This version comes with several changes including time limits, green damage indicator, and players are fully clothed at the start. The company also outlined its plans to make an investment worth $100 million in multiple sectors in India. PUBG Studio also started its work on transferring the data to the Indian version along with a teaser video. It also registered its Indian subsidiary along with plans about an eSports tournament.
However, none of this has fazed the government of India. This delay is in line with what we initially noted regarding the optimistic environment around the relaunch. Let’s check out everything we know about the PUBG Mobile India launch here.
PUBG Mobile India launch: IT Ministery rejects permission for re-launch, details
According to a report from MediaNama, MeitY (Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology) responded to an RTI application. As per the response, it noted, “MeitY does not grant permission for starting of any websites/mobile Apps/service. Accordingly, MeitY has not granted permission to PUBG / PUBG mobile India.” Krafton also announced that it had teamed up with Microsoft to likely ensure that the data protection side is up to the standard. However, neither this partnership nor the shifting of distribution and publication rights along with the special version of the game have helped the cause.
The lack of approval means that it will take months for PUBG India to get a green light for the re-launch. Krafton, PUBG Studio, and PUBG India likely need to wait for proper approval from the government in the coming months. This report also noted that the response to the RTI skipped on several questions included in the initial application.
PUBG Studio bans 2 lakh cheaters
From December 11th-17th, 2,127,454 accounts have been permanently suspended from accessing our game, out of which these are the majority of the reasons:⬜ X-Ray Vision⬜ Auto Aim Hacks⬜ Modification of Character Models pic.twitter.com/AdA8iItjqJ— PUBG MOBILE (@PUBGMOBILE) December 20, 2020
Around the same time, PUBG Mobile shared some new stat regarding its effort to make the game experience fairer. According to its latest “Ban Pan” report to take on cheating, the company banned about 2 lakh accounts. This report outlines the actions taken between Dec 11 and Dec 17. The company noted that most cheaters were using X-Ray vision hacks followed by auto-aim hacks, and character model modifications.