Google Play Store, Apple App Store remove PUBG Moble in India

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The process to ban PUBG Mobile will be complete only with the Internet Service Providers block access to PUBG Mobile in the country

Two days after the Centre banned as many as 118 China-linked apps in India including PUBG Mobile, Google Play and Apple App Store removed the most popular gaming app PUBG Mobile, said news reports.

PUBG Mobile is not available for download for Android and iOS users but users can continue to play the game as they installed it on their smartphones already, said a report by HT Tech.

Though the searches do not find the app in Google Play Store and Apple App Store, the process to ban PUBG Mobile will be complete only with the Internet Service Providers block access to PUBG Mobile in the country.

Meanwhile, Tencent, one of the banned apps two days ago, plans to approach the government for talks to bring back PUBG on mobile platforms.

Tencent reportedly suffered a loss of about $34 billion of its market value in two days after news on India banning the apps was out, reported Business Insider.

India is one of the biggest markets for PUBG which has over 50 million daily active users even though the revenue part is much smaller.

While banning 118 Chinese apps including PUBG the government said that PUBG and other banned Chinese-origin apps are “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity” of the country, and that it was receiving “many complaints from various sources including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users' data in an unauthorised manner to servers which have locations outside India.

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