PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, commonly referred to as 'PUBG', was banned across the country along with 117 other Chinese apps, as a result of the heightened geo-political tension with the neighbouring country.
Ever since, gaming fans have been awaiting updates regarding the relaunch of PUBG in India. Today, Krafton—a South Korean video game holding company based in Seongnam—announced that the game will be re-launched in India as Battlegrounds Mobile India. Krafton said, in a statement, "the game will offer a world class AAA multiplayer experience on mobile." With an increased concern with respect to data privacy and storage, Krafton said that they would be working with partners to ensure data protection and security, at each stage. "This will ensure privacy rights are respected and all data collection and storage will be in full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations in India and for players here."
Post the banning of PUBG in the month of September last year, the game developers stated, "As the company explores ways to provide its own PUBG experience for India in the near future, it is committed to doing so by sustaining a localized and healthy gameplay environment for its fans."
Krafton also shared a glimpse of the logo of Battlegrounds Mobile India, along with the trailer launch. "Battlegrounds Mobile India, a battle royale experience, will have a period of pre-registration before the launch. The game will be available to play only in India. Krafton will collaborate with partners to build an esports ecosystem while bringing in-game content regularly, starting with a series of India specific in-game events at launch, to be announced later," members of the company said.
The game will be available for minors as well, however, Krafton has put forth certain restrictions for those below the age of 18:
1) Minors will have to provide the phone number of their parent or guardian to play the game.
2) Minors will only be able to play the game for a maximum of 3 hours a day.
3) The maximum amount that can be spent in the game will be limited to ₹7,000 per day.
Reportedly, India was the top overseas market for the PUBG app, outside of China, accounting for a whooping 28.8% of the total 644 million downloads.