Phoenix network science and technology news Beijing time on July 29, the Indian government on the grounds of national security, blocked by Tencent company backed by the South Korean company Krafton launched the Indian version of the tactical competitive game "PUBG". The government has not publicly announced the ban, but the app has been removed from the Google App Store and Apple App Store in India.
Sources familiar with the matter said the ban was in reference to provisions of the IT Act, which the Indian government has invoked since 2020 to block more than 100 Chinese apps on national security grounds.
Tencent owns 13.5 percent of the South Korean company Krafton, according to the filing. SJM, a Hindu nationalist group with close ties to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party, has reportedly repeatedly asked the government to investigate the "Chinese influence" behind the game "PUBG."
In 2020, the Indian government banned the old version of PUBG. After some localization in India, the game relaunched in 2021 under the name of BGMI, with more than 16 million active users in the first week of beta, and more than 2.4 million online users, reaching 34 million registered users in 10 days.