- PUBG Mobile may relaunch in India by the 2020 end.
- PUBG Corporation is likely planning to install India servers for the game before the launch.
- It is possible that PUBG Mobile may see a Diwali campaign ahead of the launch.
PUBG Mobile may soon return in India, says a new report. The report comes days after Tencent Games put the final nail in the coffin for the PUBG Mobile by suspending India servers. While the Tencent move made the PUBG Mobile ban in India, sort of, final, it also offered closure to the whole saga so that the game can be rebooted in India.
The talk on rebooting of the game and bringing PUBG Mobile back to India is going on for a while. It involves finding a new game distributor now that Tencent is out of the picture. The original rights of the game are held by a Korean company, which created PUBG and then licenced the distribution of PUBG Mobile to Tencent, which is a China-based company. Now, this Korean company is looking into ways to bring PUBG back to India.
A report by TechCrunch notes that the relaunch preparations for PUBG Mobile in India have already started and that soon there could be a Diwali campaign to popularise the game. The report also says that currently, the owner of PUBG IP is looking to set-up India specific servers that will take care of the government concern around the data and privacy of India users.
Back in September, the Indian government banned PUBG Mobile, citing security issues, along with a host of other Chinese apps. While this led to the game getting booted out of the Play Store and iOS App Store, it was only in the October-end when the game was finally shuttered down in India after Tencent Games switched off its India servers.
At the same time, Tencent announced that it was giving back its publishing rights for PUBG Mobile for India to its original South Korea-based creator.
That marked the final goodbye that a large fraction of India's gamer community bid to the popular PUBG Mobile. India was one of the top-grossing markets for PUBG Mobile, having more than 175 million installations, which is 24 per cent of the total global installations, according to the survey firm SensorTower. PUBG Mobile was raking in a whopping Rs 50 crore per month from India last year, according to Entrackr.
While the latest report is good news for Indian gamers and PUBG Corporation, it casts a shadow on the future of several indigenous games that are on the verge of their official entry into India's gaming market. One such candidate is FAU-G, which is being developed by nCore Games that is funded by Goqii's Vishal Gondal. Although FAU-G makers have said the game is not trying to replace PUBG Mobile but create its own space, it is more or less based on the same first-person shooter gameplay. A recent teaser showed off avatars of Indian soldiers dropping from the sky to fight off intruders with weapons, including guns.