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PUBG Corporation posts job vacancy for India office, is it good news for PUBG Mobile India?

PUBG Corporation is planning to expand its Indian team and this could be a good hint for PUBG Mobile.

twitter-logoShubham Verma | March 19, 2021 | Updated 16:51 IST

Highlights

  • PUBG Corporation has posted a new job listing on LinkedIn.
  • PUBG Corporation is looking for an Investment and Strategy Analyst for Bengaluru office.
  • This means PUBG Corporation is expanding India team and is going to stay here for longer.

PUBG Mobile is not done away with. That is because PUBG Corporation has posted a new job listing on LinkedIn meant for the newly-erected PUBG Mobile India subsidiary. The PUBG Mobile maker is looking for an Investment and Strategy Analyst for the Bengaluru location. This person, according to the LinkedIn posting, will be responsible as PUBG Corporation moves ahead with plans for mergers and acquisitions in India. Krafton, which is the parent company of PUBG Corporation, recently made an investment of Rs 164 crore in Nodwin Gaming.

In the LinkedIn job listing, PUBG Corporation has mentioned the Investment and Strategy Analyst will "support senior team in evaluation and analysis of M&A/Investment opportunities, including conducting gaming/entertainment/tech industry research and analysis, supporting in company due diligence, building financial models, drafting investment discussion materials and reports, work closely with internal leaders and external advisors." This person will also participate in key corporate strategic planning processes who will work "across businesses and management/development/publishing functions on to frame the corporate strategy and drive alignment and execution on key initiatives."

PUBG Corporation's parent company Krafton is showing a huge interest in India's gaming industry, including esports companies that have become mainstream. With the investment from Krafton, these companies will be able to double down on their efforts towards the esports tournaments in India, giving momentum to the overall gaming industry.

PUBG is looking for someone who meets the criteria for the job. These criteria include up to 3 years of experience in IB/consulting/PE/VC with "deep knowledge" on interactive entertainment, gaming and IT sector or M&E sector as an analyst.

Since Krafton is willing to expand its India team, it may mean the company is not going to call it quits on the Indian market. And because it is persevering in India's gaming market, it is safe to assume that PUBG Mobile India may still be on the cards. But, currently, there is no tangible information available on the launch of PUBG Mobile India. A Krafton official did confirm recently that the company is striving hard to make the Indian version of PUBG Mobile a reality. This optimistic response, however, is in stark difference with what the government has been indicating.

At a recent event held in Maharashtra, union minister for information and broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar, compared PUBG with violent games. He said that PUBG is an example of violent and addictive games that do not teach ethics to players. And as a remedy, Javadekar said the government will soon set up a Centre of Excellence for gaming where applicants will be taught game developing, that too, in line with what can promote Indian cultural ethos.

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