New Delhi: The overnight gaming sensation, PUBG, that invaded the Indian gaming market with millions of gamers was recently banned by Government of India, thus, leaving its fans yearning for the re-entry of this Battleground game in the country. However, speculations of its relaunch went rife after the company uploaded a trailer on YouTube recently.
Where some media reports claimed that PUBG might be launched somewhere between January 15 and January 19, another defied any possibility in near future for the game to be launched in the country before March. The same report also covered a very important topic on accessing PUBG in India.
In answers to millions of PUBG fans requests, developers had made two big announcements in December that further aided in building hopes of PUBG India fans higher. In addition, the Parent company of PUBG, Krafton Inc, has recently appointed Aneesh Aravind as new country manager for India. With over 15 years of experience in gaming industry, Aneesh has worked with gaming giants like Tencent and Zynga. As per reports, Krafton Inc has recruited four new members in the team who have been the part of Tencent, the company which has the publishing rights for PUBGM’s Global version. The name of these key members are Akash Jumde (Visual Content Designer), Piyush Agarwal (Finance Manager), Arpita Priyadarshini (Senior Community Manager) and Karan Pathak (Senior Esports Manager).
PUBG: Legal or illegal in India?
Ever since the GOI banned the PUBG in the country, people found other ways to play it. However, this concerns many if the game is legal or illegal in India. In a response to a RTI filed on December 17, 2020, the Ministry of Electronics and Information and Technology (MeitY) said ‘access to PUBG in India’ is not illegal. The Ministry report read, “it has not banned the access of Mobile Nordic Map: Livik App”, further adding that “the first query was a follow up to the first question– if the ban implies to the new application on what basis would that be? The blocking applies to a specific App only.”
It is to be mentioned that, the PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile lite versions are banned in India since September 2020.