The Indian Government has banned PUBG, a viral mobile game among youngsters. As per the Government of India’s latest order, PUBG mobile and PUBG Mobile lite have been banned. The reasons given cite cybersecurity and geopolitical tensions between China and India over the Ladakh situation.
Along with 118 Chinese apps including TikTok, Shareit, UC browser, and many more banned in India earlier this year, PUBG, which is the latest to be banned, has also garnered a lot of meme attention by the internet.
Social media has reacted to the PUBG ban in the form of funny memes. The internet is flooded with memes and funny Twitter threads showing how much of a relief it has been for Indian parents, as most kids and adults too have been hooked to the game. Many people are showing gratitude to the government for the ban. India is said to be the top country in the world to have the highest number of mobile application downloads, because of which the government is now focused on ‘made in India’ apps.
With regards to the PUBG banned in India and users are often comparing the outcome of the TikTok ban and other Chinese shopping websites and apps which were earlier banned, such as Shein, Clubfactory, etc.
Many people have been complaining that the battle Royale game PUBG came as a savior during the lockdown, at a time when there is nothing better to do. Many users in social media have expressed sadness and frustration while some are ready to sacrifice as part of their nationalism.
Just moments after the ban of PUBG was announced in India. Hashtags started trending on Twitter, such as #PUBG, #ChineseAppsBan #Pubgban. Moreover, a rival game to PUBG named Free Fire is gaining more recognition, and users are turning towards that as a substitute to their favorite game.scrumptious
The PUBG mobile app is said to have had around 33 million active users in India. Although PUBG is not an entirely Chinese-owned app, Many Indian users have been keen to know more about how much actually PUBG is owned by Tencent and have Googled to understand the actual case. It is said to have a 10% stake held in Bluehole. It is developed by a South Korean Company, but the mobile version, which was most popular in India, was developed by a Chinese company, Tencent.
The Indian government released a statement saying that these apps “collect and share data in a surreptitious manner and compromise personal data and information of users.” The decision has been taken to ensure the safety and security of the Indian cyberspace by this PUBG banned in India.