India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information and Technology has banned the uber-popular battle royale game PUBG along with 118 other Chinese apps.
The concerned Ministry has earlier said the popular battle game was under India’s radar for a possible ban, soon after 47 Chinese apps were banned in a swift move that included TikTok and UC Browser among others.
Chinese-made and backed apps came under strict scrutiny by India after a bloody fisticuff took place in the Galawan Valley region where the two nuclear-powered nations meddled for the first time in decades.
In India, there are almost 50 million active PUBG players, while the game is among the top five most downloaded in the world with 734 million downloads. Some 13 million people play the game daily.
According to the game-maker Tencent, 27-percent used Auto-aim cheats, 12-percent used speed cheats, 32-percent used X-Ray vision cheats and 22 percent used other forms of cheating.
The IT ministry said these banned apps “are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, the security of the state and public order”.
“The compilation of these data, it’s mining, and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defense of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures,” the statement read.
PUBG ban also comes at a time when the app was set to get a major visual and performance overhaul, including the Erangel 2.0 classic map, and Ultra-HD graphics mode for high-end devices among other aesthetic and visual changes.
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