Chicken Dinner Back on the Menu! PUBG May Return to India Soon

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Chicken Dinner Back on the Menu! PUBG May Return to India Soon

Illustration: Mitesh Parmar

Last week, amid rising tension with China, the government had blocked 118 apps which are “prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of India.” In that list, was the popular battle royale game PUBG Mobile. The ban led to a meltdown among gamers, some even conducted a funeral to mourn the loss of PUBG. But it’s time to cheer up.

South Korea-based PUBG Corporation is looking to make a comeback in India, one of its largest markets. In a statement, the firm has announced that it will “no longer authorise the PUBG Mobile franchise to Tencent Games in India. Moving forward, PUBG Corporation will take on all publishing responsibilities within the country.”

Shenzhen-based Tencent, which published the game in India, reportedly lost $34 billion in terms of market value within days of the ban.

PUBG Corporation owns all the intellectual property for PUBG. The statement indicates an intent to possibly solve the issues concerning security keeping in mind that India is one of its largest markets. After revoking the publishing rights from Tencent games in India, PUBG Corporation will assume the role of publisher and thus look to sort out the issues in relation to data security.

While the PUBG ban unleashed a plethora of jokes and memes, it has also led to tragic consequences in certain cases. A 21-year-old student allegedly took his life in West Bengal’s Nadia district for not being able to play PUBG. “He would play it at night. I think he died by suicide as he was not being able to play PUBG,” his mother Ratna said.

The popularity of the game in India can be gauged from the fact that within two days of the game being banned, an Indian copy called FAU-G was announced by deshbhakt-in-chief Akshay Kumar. “Besides entertainment, players will also learn about the sacrifices of our soldiers. 20% of the net revenue generated will be donated to @BharatKeVeer Trust,” the actor had tweeted.

But it looks like FAU-G might have to take a step back. The gaming community in India seems charged up with the news of the return of PUBG.

It’s time to chant “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner” again.

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