The Indian government’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has banned 118 apps — primarily of Chinese origin — as balances between India and China heighten. Both nations have involved in a border conflict for several months, and the Indian government banned TikTok, WeChat and other apps earlier this year.
The recent ban adds 118 apps, including PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite standing out in the list. PUBG Mobile is the biggest mobile game in India by some extent, and it has well over 50 million monthly existing players. While the desktop version of PUBG is created by South Korea’s Bluehole, the mobile game is produced by Tencent Games.
The government body said that the apps involved in the list were engaged in activities that were “prejudicial to freedom and integrity of India, defence of India, the defence of the state and public order.”
The bureau also stated that these apps were “stealing and secretly transferring users’ data in an unlawful manner to servers” located outside of India and that this data was being profiled by factors hateful to India.
If the TikTok ban was any indication, PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite will be eliminated from the Play Store and App Store in the nation over the following days, and users will be incapable of playing either game — even while using a VPN.
The Indian government is implementing a blanket ban on Chinese-made apps and services as a way to control reliance on China, and with tensions between the two countries remaining to increase, there’s no telling where this will run next.