PUBG removed from App Store and Google Play Store following ban in India
What you need to know
- PUBG Mobile has been removed from app stores in India.
- Both Apple and Google have removed the app.
- It comes after India's government added the title to a list of Chinese apps banned in the country.
Apple and Google have complied with a recent Indian government ban on PUBG mobile, removing the app from their respective app stores.
The ban was announced earlier this week, from that report:
PUBG Mobile is the biggest mobile game in India with more than 50 million monthly active players, but has fallen foul of government bans on primarily Chinese apps, PUBG Mobile is made by Tencent Games.
A new report from 91mobiles says that following the ban on Wednesday, Apple and Google have both removed both PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite from their respective app stores in the country:
Currently, you can still currently play PUBG Mobile if you already have it installed, however, the report notes it is likely that ISPs will also begin to block server access to both PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite in the country. The report notes that it is unclear at this time whether using a VPN app will bypass these further measures. For the time being, Android users still have the option to sideload the game. With both PUBG and Fortnite now unavailable to many iOS and Android users, many people have started looking elsewhere for their battle royale fix. Best PUBG Mobile & Fortnite alternatives: CoD Mobile, Free Fire, Battlelands Royale, and more
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