PUBG owner breaks ties with China; Revokes India publishing rights

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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PUBG Corp, the unit of a South Korean company behind the hugely popular multiplayer game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) has revoked publishing rights of China-based Tencent Games which was behind PUBG Mobile and PUBG Lite in India. 

The reveal follows last week’s Indian ban of 118 apps including PUBG which either had an origin or were affiliated to firms in the People’s Republic of China.

“Moving forward, PUBG Corporation will take on all publishing responsibilities within the country,” the company said, adding that it was exploring ways to provide gaming experiences to Indian users in the future.

It was not immediately apparent if the move would encourage Indian authorities to revoke their ban.

Tencent, which ran the franchise in India, confirmed that PUBG Corp would take on the responsibilities of publishing the mobile game in India.

“Our existing cooperation with PUBG Corporation in global markets other than India is not affected,” Chinese multinational technology company Tencent said in its statement.

The ban on PUBG in India, the game’s biggest market by users, has shocked and angered gamers.

Seizing the opportunity, an Indian firm nCore Games and Bollywood actor, Akshay Kumar are together planning to launch a locally-made tactical mobile game by the end of October.