PUBG Mobile Ban: Everything You Need To Know

By now most of you must have heard about this unfortunate development, that PUBG Mobile has been banned in India. After a month of rumors surrounding its ban due to privacy concerns the Indian government has finally announced a ban on 118 Chinese apps including PUBG Mobile.

According to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, “PUBG Mobile has been banned under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, on grounds that they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.”


REASON FOR THE BAN

PUBG Mobile is developed by PUBG corporation(formerly Bluehole) which is based in South Korea but unlike its PC counterpart it is published by Tencent Games.

Tencent is a Chinese tech conglomerate which has a 10% stake in PUBG Corporation and is also suspected of sharing user data with the Chinese government. The reason for this ban is seemingly due to the risk of Indian user data being used by the Chinese government through companies such as Tencent.

It is ironic that the game itself was about to be banned in China back in 2017 due to its violent and graphic nature. However, an alternative version was released under the name “Fight for peace” which was state approved.


POLICY UPDATE AND INDIAN SERVERS

Although it was just a month ago that PUBG Mobile had updated its privacy policy for India and clarified how they utilize the user data to provide services. They even mentioned that the data provided by Indian users is now being stored in servers located in India.

Compared to users in other countries whose data is still being stored in Chinese servers, Indian users still had the extra layer of protection in terms of third parties accessing user info. All of this was done to protect the game from getting banned in India but that was all for nothing.


ALTERNATIVES TO PUBG MOBILE

Players are now looking towards alternative games such as COD Mobile, Free Fire, and Fortnite to fill up that void left by PUBG. The clear outlier here is definitely COD Mobile. However, it seems that too is published by Tencent.


EFFECT ON GAMING IN INDIA

The game has had a huge impact in India in a sense that it became a cultural phenomenon. PUBG had more than 175 million game installation in India with around 25% of all of the game’s global player-base coming from here. It not only popularized gaming in India but also provided benefit to many industries, especially entertainment and mobile industry.


POSSIBILITY OF AN UN-BAN

Previously, Pakistan too placed a similar ban on PUBG Mobile which was later lifted on July 26. After a public outcry on the internet, the country’s government officials had a meeting with game representatives in which they decided to reverse that order. According to Pakistan government officials, the reason for the ban was due to long term psychological effects.

A similar situation is possible in the case of India but the quickest solution would be for Tencent to cut ties with the game completely. However, that too seems unlikely considering how the game is a cash cow for the company.


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PUBG Mobile: Erangel 2.0 Map Launching on September 8

PUBG Mobile is set to release their next big update version 1.0 which will bring with it lots of new changes and improvements for the game’s graphics, gameplay, UI, and more . Part of this revamp is the new Erangel 2.0 map which will finally make its way to the mobile version of the game on September 8, 2020.

Erangel is the one and only original map which started this Battle Royale and even today is the most popular one in the game. So let’s take a look at what new changes are coming with Erangel 2.0.


Loot Changes

This update will also make the loot system more balanced as players can expect richer loot in rural areas. After this change players won’t be forced to drop into popular loot locations to grab good gear, making this a more balanced experience with different strategies.


Graphical Revamp

A complete graphical revamp is also coming with this update which will include better lighting system, improved model and texture quality, better shading and water textures. However, the most notable changes are the Ultra HD and 90 FPS options if your device can handle it.


New Additions

The update will add new elements such as forgotten trenches, tree-trunk barriers, abandoned tanks and bunkers for players to explore, loot and fight.

Multiple buildings and shelters around New Erangel have been altered and improved. Some of the buildings will even have basements for layers to grab some additional loot.

There’s also a complete visual overhaul in line for some of the hottest locations in the map such as Sosnovka Military Base, Mylta Power, Mansion, Quarry Prison, Mine Zone and more. In addition to this, Georgopol is also getting seven new warehouses.


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PUBG Mobile: Best Guns To Use

Pubg Mobile gives players over 40 weapons to choose from but not all weapons were made equal. Some guns perform better than the others and may give players tactical advantage based on what kind of weapon they are.

The majority of players prefer either assault rifles or snipers but there are also many others which can also do the job for you.


Groza

Dealing the same damage as the AKM but with a faster rate of fire, it is by far one of the most overpowered gun in the game. However, the only drawback is its 3 second reload time which can be quite a risk during a firefight. I would recommend having a backup weapon ready to use.


AWM

The deadliest sniper in PUBG Mobile, the AWM. In the right hands, it can wreak havoc on your enemies. It has the highest base damage of 105 and can easily take down an enemy with a Level 3 Helmet in a single headshot. But it’s pretty rare too, as it’s only available through the air drops.

Another issue is that the AWM uses Magnum rounds instead of regular 7.62mm ones, which are again, only found in air drops. For the attachments it has the same options as the M24: sight, muzzle, magazine and stock.


SLR

The SLR marksman rifle can be seen as a more powerful version of the SKS, dealing more damage at the expense of more recoil.  It is also more suited to ranged combat where there is ample cover and time to engage enemies.


M416

Compared to SCAR-L this assault rifle has a better fire rate and exceptional stability. Furthermore, it can even accept the most modifications of any of the assault rifles making it very powerful when fully modified.


UZI

Don’t let its low damage and high recoil confuse you as its still the best and the most common weapon players have a chance to get after jumping of the plane. It features a high fire rate capable of finishing players of at close range. However, it is recommended that you only continue to use this weapon in mid to endgame if you have fully modified it.


UMP45

The UMP45 is probably the best viable sub-machine gun for late game. it has the quite a high damage output coupled with negligible recoil when fully modified.


Kar 98

Not only is this the most common sniper rifle in the game, it also has the highest damage. It’s base damage it 79, and if you’re able to get a headshot, you can get a one-shot kill even on a level 2 helmet.


S12K

Easily the most powerful shotgun in the game, the S12K is a devastating weapon at close range. It also supports a number of assault rifle attachments, which makes it more versatile. Its high rate of fire and short reload time makes it extremely viable when taking on multiple enemies indoors.


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PUBG Mobile: How to Use Grenades for an Advantage

If we pick the most underestimated weapons in PUBG Mobile, it’ll be the throwables. Most of the players prefer rifles or SMGs to pick up a fight and while looting crates or buildings they crave more ammunition instead of grenades. No matter how much of good loot you have, if you don’t pick up Grenades, you’ll be on a disadvantage to have a Chicken Dinner.

There are four types of hand-thrown weapons in PUBG Mobile namely, Frag Grenade, Smoke Grenade, Molotov Cocktail, and Stun Grenades. The latter two are a little rare to find around any map but are quite useful.

Here’s the guide to use all types of throwables properly.

Frag Grenade

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Using the Frag Grenade is quite easy and simple. It is very helpful in a situation where you want to pull out an enemy camping in a house, this grenade is your go. Simply select it from the throwable items and hold the fire button to cook it and aim it through any window by the red trajectory shown. When it is cooked enough, release the fire button and if the enemy isn’t aware, the grenade will take them out easily. If an enemy is prone and hiding in the grass or hiding behind a stone or a tree, you can use frag grenade to take them out.

Smoke Grenade

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Smoke Grenades are very useful equipment for making a cover for yourself. If any enemy has spotted you and you want to sneak out of that position, you can use smoke grenades and easily get out of there from the smoke and the enemy won’t be able to see you. If you are out of the playzone and need to get in the zone but you can’t find any cover, you can use smoke grenades to help yourself.

Molotov Cocktail

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Since stone-age, the fire has always been the way to scare your enemies and with Molotov, you can do that in PUBG mobile. Molotov Cocktail is a throwable that spreads fire in the area it is dropped and it can break a door also. So, this is the perfect way to flush your enemies out of their camping position, it may either be in any building or the grass. Molotov will decrease their health continuously as long as they’re in contact with its fire, forcing them to change their position.

Stun Grenade

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Stun grenade is the most underrated throwable in PUBG Mobile. However, it is a great tactical gear that can be used to take away your enemy’s senses for a while, giving you enough time to rush upon him or to get away from him. It is not lethal but it can make your enemy blind and deaf (stun) for some seconds.

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PUBG Mobile: How use Canted Sight with other Scopes

The new update of PUBG Mobile brings a new attachment for the guns, called Canted Sight. Many players are still figuring out how to use that sight. It looks like a smaller version of the Red Dot sight but it’s mounted on the right side of the gun and can be used with all Assault Rifles, DMRs, Snipers, SMGs (except Uzi), Shotguns (except S686 and S1897) and LMGs (except DP-28).

Canted sight can be found on the map anywhere like the Red Dot or Holographic sight. If you equip a scope before Canted Sight the scope will be your primary sight and vice-versa.

There are two options for using the Canted Sight, ‘tap to use scope’ and ‘tap to switch scope’. You select this according to your need. But if you go with the former option, you’ll save yourselves a tap which takes a second to change between Main and Side sight and then open the scope.

In mid-range combat when you’re firing at an enemy with a scope like 3x, 4x or 6x and then you have to suddenly fir at an enemy closer to you then you can either use quick scope switch to change the scope with the Red-Dot sight or you can simply use the Canted sight, which is very quick and will decrease your response time giving you an advantage. Also while switching between ADS and cross-hair, your weapon aims at a much different spot but switching between main sight and Canted sight is very much precise.

But it has some disadvantages also, as it blocks your sight to the left of the screen with a scope equipped on the weapon.

While using peek and fire if you switch to Canted sight then also your aim is disturbed a little and you will have to expose some more pixels of your body which is an disadvantage for you.

But with a few training exercises and classic matches, you can master it and you will be a killing machine in short and mid-range battles equipped with your favorite scope and the Canted sight.

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