Indian Ministry of Information Technology today has made its latest digital strike on China by banning hugely popular battle royale game PUBG Mobile including 117 other Chinese apps which are Prejudicial to Sovereignty and Integrity of India, Defence of India, Security of State and Public Order.
The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, Ministry of Home Affaris has sent recommendation to MeitY for blocking these malicious apps after receiving credible inputs for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an authorized manner to server located outside India.
This 2nd strike comes after Indian Govt. ban of 59 Chinese apps in the month of July which includes popular apps such as TikTok, Shareit and WeChat.
The Indian Govt. official communication with full list of banned apps can be seen below:
If you find any of the apps from the list on your mobile device, it is recommended to immediately uninstall them. We can say that after this announcement the future of professional PUBG Mobile gamers in India will be in dilemma. If the ban continues, mobile gaming community may shift towards Call of Duty: Mobile or Fortnite games. However Fortnite on mobile is still not available for iOS users since Apple has banned Epic Games account on App Store and both companies are amid legal battle over the App Store commission policy.