A phrase that most of us have said or heard is going to be a thing of the past. The IT Ministry has banned one of India’s favourite mobile gaming apps, PUBG mobile. The third list of banned apps was released on September 2, 2020. The 118 banned apps include Apus Launcher, Apus Security, Baidu, WeChat reading, Ludo World, Art Conquest and that one app that we’ll miss the most.
Developed by China’s Tencent Games-owned LightSpeed and Quantum Studio, this battle royale has over 17.5 crore Indians glued to their screens. According to a report by Sensor Tower, over 24% of the worldwide PUBG installs are from India, more installs than China ever garnered (16.7% of the total worldwide installs). Apart from users, PUBG helps Indians generate approximately 15-22 crore rupees through streaming channels like Youtube and Twitch.
Although the game is now banned in India, there are still a few misunderstandings surrounding it. Most people are unaware of the fact that PUBG is originally developed by PUBG Corporation, a subsidiary of South Korean video game company Krafton, thus making it Korean. Then why the app ban? In reality, PUBG “Mobile” is not entirely Korean, Tencent Games, a chinese company headquartered in Shenzhen, in 2018 agreed to collaborate with PUBG Corporation in order to launch the first ever mobile based battle royale, “PUBG Mobile” firstly in China and later on Globally. It, thus, has some relation with China.
One of the popular alternatives of this battle-royale game remains Fortnite but the reluctance by its developers to optimize the game for entry-level Android devices has resulted in its massive decline in India. This coupled with the recent removal of Fortnite from Google and iOS Store has surrounded the battle royale with controversy.
Even though people love PUBG the most, there still are a number of other mobile applications that will compete to be India’s new favourite.
Call of Duty:Mobile
A free-to-play shooter video game, COD, with over 100 million downloads on Play Store. It is developed by TiMi Studios and published by Activision and Garena for Android and iOS. With a rating of 4.6, this multiplayer game is one of the best available substitutes of PUBG.
Garena Free Fire
Developed by 111 Dots Studio and published by Garena, this battle royale game became the most downloaded mobile game globally in 2019. With more than 500 million users and a rating of 4.1, it was honoured with the “Best Popular Game” award by Google Play Store in 2019.
Another lesser known battle game is Futureplay’s Battlelands Royale. With 10 million downloads on Play Store and a positive rating of 4.3, this multiplayer game claims to add a “Crazy fun twist on familiar battle royale”.
Even with all these apps competing to become your favourite, we know nothing is more exciting than shouting “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner” at the top of your voice with your friends. No matter how hard they try, PUBG will always have a special place in Indian’s hearts.