PUBG Mobile developers have announced that they will launch a new game called PUBG Mobile India to cater to Indian players. Krafton, the parent company of PUBG Corporation that owns popular PUBG Mobile, has announced a global partnership with Microsoft in a bid to ensure the safety and security of its users’ data.PUBG Mobile will now be hosted on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform, its parent company announced today.PUBG Corporation had announced that it will no longer authorise the PUBG Mobile franchise to Shenzhen-based Tencent Games in India.
PUBG Mobile to return in India soon as the company has announced its partnership with Microsoft Azure that will allow it to comply with India’s data localisation policy.The latest cloud deal between Krafton and Microsoft will encompass a series of products, including the PUBG, PUBG Mobile, and PUBG Mobile Lite games. This means that all the user data from these three games will be hosted on Microsoft Azure servers, which are available in India as well.
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PUBG Corporation that has developed the original game and its various versions is a subsidiary of Krafton operating under the umbrella company Bluehole in South Korea. PUBG Corporation recently snatched the publishing rights of PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite from Tencent Games in India. Prior to the ban, the data of PUBG Mobile users from India was stored on Tencent Cloud in China. The government had announced a ban on PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite in September alongside several other apps.
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PUBG Mobile along with PUBG Mobile Lite app was a part of the 116 China-origin apps that faced a ban under section 69A of the Information Technology Act that aims to protect the “sovereignty and integrity” of India from foreign IT players.
While the game had been removed from Google Play and App Stores after the ban, it was operational in India till about a week ago. However, Tencent Games shut down the India servers for PUBG Mobile on October 29, marking an end to the game’s run in India.
PUBG Mobile was banned in India along with PUBG Mobile Lite, and 116 other apps in early September by the Indian government and the games were subsequently removed from the Play store and the App Store in the country. However, PUBG Mobile still remained playable for people who already had it installed.
As per Reports, the developer is also planning on establishing a local office where it will hire over 100 employees to enhance customer service. The Corporation and parent company Krafton are planning to make $100 million (approximately Rs. 746 crores) investments in India to cultivate the local video game, e-sports, entertainment, and IT industries.