PUBG Developers Looking For Indian Partners?

After the recent ban on PUBG Mobile, the developers have cut ties with Chinese publisher Tencent and according to multiple reports are now looking for an Indian partner to revive the game.

According to a report by Mint, PUBG is working on a new licensing agreement with an Indian gaming firm to pass on the rights to run the PUBG Mobile game in India. PUBG Corporation will now retain the publishing rights for the game, with the Indian partner handling the distribution. However, with no official confirmation, this information should be taken with a grain of salt.

“Ownership is only one of the concerns. But there are several other issues, based on which the ban has been ordered. The concerns are related to data privacy security, activity inside the phone, etc.,” a senior government official told Mint.

The game also became a beacon for the anti-Chinese movement in India, resulting in bad PR and damage to the PUBG brand. The sentiment over this situation is divided right now between fans of the game and worried parents.


POTENTIAL PARTNERS

Having an Indian partner will not only help PUBG enter the Indian gaming market once more but might also help repair its brand image in India. But there are only a few companies who are capable of handling a game as big as PUBG in India.


RELIANCE JIO

There are also reports that suggest Reliance Jio is in discussion with PUBG Corporation and can take over the PUBG License to operate in India. It would make sense if this turned out to be true as the RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani himself has showcased his interest in the gaming market with Reliance also investing heavily in the industry.



PAYTM

Despite various rumors, it seems very unlikely that Paytm will go forth with this partnership considering they already have a partnership with Free Fire, a competitor for PUBG.


NAZARA TECHNOLOGIES

Navara is another company based in Mumbai which is quite capable of publishing the game for India and according to sources, they also seem to be interested in exploring a licensing relationship with PUBG.


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PUBG Developers Cut Ties With Tencent

It was just recently that the Indian government banned PUBG Mobile along with 117 other Chinese apps. After that fans of the game were left wondering about the future of the mobile game in India. However, we finally have some good news as PUBG Corporation has made the decision to no longer authorize the PUBG Mobile to be published by Tencent Games in India.

This information was released through a blog post by the company in which they stated that, “Moving forward, PUBG Corporation will take on all publishing responsibilities within the country.” They further added, “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.”

PUBG MOBILE is the mobile version of PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG), an intellectual property owned and developed by PUBG Corporation, a South Korean gaming company. The company is actively engaged in developing and publishing PUBG on multiple platforms, including PUBG MOBILE in select territories, to provide the best player experiences possible.”

They ended the statement by saying that, “PUBG Corporation is committed to providing its unique battle royale experience to a global audience and hopes to continue engaging with its passionate player base in India. In addition to regular content updates, the company is exploring different ways to engage its community in India through various region-based activities, including esports and community events.”

The PC version of the game is published by the developer themselves and it was only for the sake of publishing the Mobile version that PUBG Corporation relied on Tencent Games. It is likely that we will see the game come back to us as the developer hopes to work hand-in-hand with the Indian government to find a solution that will allow gamers to once again drop into the battlegrounds while being fully compliant with Indian laws and regulations.


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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 Banned, Is COD Mobile Next?

By now you might have heard about the ban on PUBG Mobile by the Indian Government. This is part of a larger Digital strike on 118 Chinese apps that are being banned in India.

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 developed by Tencent.


ACTIVISION CUT TIES WITH TENCENT

Call of Duty is one of the most successful video game series in the world with each game being published by Activision, an american video game company. Activision hired TiMi Studios, a subsidiary of the Chinese conglomerate, Tencent Holdings to lead the development of its mobile title. The game was later published by Activision and Tencent with only a small portion of the revenue going to the latter.

However, just a month ago Activision has cut ties with Tencent due to Trump’s orders that restricts companies operating in the US to conduct any transactions with Chinese companies.


CONCLUSION

The situation surrounding the game and its possible ban is still uncertain as the game series “Call of Duty” still belongs to Activision but it is developed by TiMi Studios, a Chinese company which is part of Tencent itself. However, the situation seems more hopeful now that Tencent is out of the picture.


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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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A NEW ERA IN PUBG MOBILE

PUBG Mobile teased an announcement earlier, about a live event on 24th August which was broadcast today at 7 PM, here’s all you need to know about the changes which will be coming to PUBG Mobile:-

PUBG MOBILE VERSION 1.0

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PUBG Mobile version 1.0 dubbed as “BEYOND A.C.E” will release soon with major upgrades and graphics overhauls which include – 

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  • A complete graphics overhaul which includes character improvements, upgraded in-game graphics, and an upgraded environment. This also includes more realistic air blasts and muzzle flashes coupled with better physics. The shading quality and light transmission effects have also been improved.
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  • The UX has also been changed completely with a new interactive lobby, a new UI, and improved system animations with the ability to customize your layout. 
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  • The controls scheme has been refined and has been made more intuitive.

There was also an announcement regarding a ‘mystery surprise’ which will be revealed on September 8. 

TOURNAMENT FORMATS EXPLAINED

There were also major announcements regarding the various tournaments being held and others which will be held soon, including the accessibility of them to different strata of PUBG Mobile players.

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  • The tournaments open for ever PUBG Mobile player include national and campus championships as well as third party tournaments.
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  • The next tier of tournaments will be called PUBG Mobile Club Open which will be held at the semi-pro level.
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  • In the higher tiers, the tournaments are called PUBG Mobile Pro Leagues which will be quite exclusive.
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  • The statistics for the PUBG World League were also flaunted with the announcement that more such tournaments will be held.

PUBG MOBILE 2020 GLOBAL CHAMPIONSHIP

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A big tournament with a mind-boggling prize pool of 2 million USD was also announced. The tournament will begin in November 2020 and the event will be known as Season 0.

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PUBG Mobile: Better Graphics, Gun Game mode and Erangel 2.0

The devs behind PUBG Mobile are hard at work to bring to us these new additions to the game. Fans of the game should be quite pleased to know about the ongoing as well as the upcoming features being added to the title such as the new gun game mode, Erangel 2.0, better graphical performance and much more.


Better Graphics and Performance

Better graphics are on their way with reworked water reflections along with Ultra HD settings. The devs were also excited to announce 90 Hz support for the game but it seems that it is an exclusive feature for Oneplus phones till September 6th, 2020. In a game as fast paced as this better performance and 90 FPS are a huge upgrade


Gun Game Mode

Fresh content arrives in the form of the new Arena gameplay – Team Gun Game and Library map in the hit Arena playlist. This new PUBG Mobile mode is only available on weekends from Friday to Sunday. The concept of the game is quite simple 2 teams compete in 4×4 indoor square map and to win a player must get at least 18 kills. However, the catch is that with each kill your weapon changes with the final weapon being a pan, the iconic murder weapon.


Erangel 2.0

Players have been patiently waiting for this map update since its reveal back in June 2019. After more than a year of waiting the devs have finally added the revamped map to the 1.0.0 beta for PUBG Mobile last week. Based on past update patterns it is highly likely that that this update will release on the global version of the game by September.


Live Additions

Pharaoh Rises

The Pharaoh Rises event is slated to run from August 4 till September 11. Players will have the opportunity to win cool outfits like the Golden Pharaoh X-Suit, Warrior of Ra set, Warrior of Nut set, Underworld Guide set, and the Mummy set.


Other Additions

There’s also the Ancient Secret mode along with a plethora of new in-game events and exclusive rewards. Besides these a new Route Planner and waypoint system are being added to the game as well. PUBG Mobile has also recently added a new Jungle Adventure Mode to the game.

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Top 5 PUBG Mobile players in India

PUBG Mobile has become one of the largest esports in India, thanks largely to an ever-growing mobile gaming community and its accessibility. There has been a growing interest in India by foreign biggies such as Fnatic as well, leading them to pump in money into the PUBG Mobile scene. Naturally, some players have really hit it big in the scene and are rapidly becoming household names. In our list of the best PUBG Mobile players, we’ll be taking a look at some of these prodigies who are living the dream of becoming an esports athlete.

Top five PUBG Mobile players in India:-

Smokie. Source:YouTube

5. Shekhar “Smokie” Patil – Smokie is one of the earliest players to enter the PUBG Mobile pro circuit  in India. He has been playing with his team Nova GodLike since the beginning of 2020 and had led them to many a victory. His knack for quick thinking along with patience has helped him excel in his role as an in-game leader. His tournament stats are as follows:-

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4. Manmeet “Ted” Singh – Manmeet couldn’t have chosen a username any further from the truth because the havoc he wreaks in-game certainly doesn’t remind one of a cute and cuddly teddy bear. His aggressive play style has earned him a special place in the world of PUBG Mobile. He currently plays the role of an assaulter for Team SynerGE. Tournament stats:-

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3. Harpreet Singh “RonaK” Janjuha – RonaK began his career as a part of the formidable Team Soul which won the PUBG India Series 2019 as well. He cites Shroud, a prominent FPS gamer, and streamer as an inspiration. Harpreet plays a well-balanced game and was recently picked up by Fnatic, one of the first European teams to make a foray into the PUBG Mobile scene in India. Tournament Stats:-

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2. Yash “VipeR” Soni – VipeR is one of the most well-known players in the Indian PUBG Mobile scene because of his performance in the PUBG Mobile India Series 2019. He represented Team Soul in the tourney. He also has a massive following across various social media platforms due to his consistent streams. Tournament Stats:-

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1. Naman “MortaL” Sandeep Mathur – MortaL(what’s up with capitalizing the first and last characters of your in-game name man) is arguably the most widely known player in this list and not without reason. He is the founder and owner of Team SouL, and is credited for being one of the pioneers in the PUBG Mobile pro-circuit in India. His gameplay is very tactical which has led to him amassing a huge following across social media. Lately, we haven’t seen a lot of Team SouL and MortaL but they’re bound to come back bigger and better. Tournament stats:-

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PUBG Mobile: Independence Day Celebration Event

PUBG Mobile is celebrating the 74th Independence day along with its users through an ingame event where players can win free rewards. Along with this PUBG has also announced a few of their own events to keep players busy all of August.

The event “Incredible India” runs from August 10 till August 24 during which players can take part in three daily missions and quizzes to win PUBG Mobile flips. The questions in the quiz will be based on facts about India. Players can then use these flips to play the Flip, Match and Win memory game. In the game, users will flip cards one after another, and if 2 consecutive cards match, users will get the corresponding reward and part of the monument will be revealed.

Additionally, PUBG Mobile has created a host of beautiful wallpapers of India’s most iconic monuments for their fans, in honour of India’s 74th Independence Day. These include Dal Lake, Red Fort, Taj Mahal, Victoria Memorial, Charminar, Chennai Central, Mysore Palace, Gateway of India and Hawa Mahal.

This month PUBG Mobile is also launching an event called Fabulous Journey Classic Mode that is running from August 20th till September 2nd. All players have to do is play PUBG Mobile’s Classic Mode and complete missions to win rewards.

Another event being added is Fabulous Journey TDM Mode that is running from August 25th till September 3rd. Players will have to play TDM matches and complete daily missions to earn rewards such as Hand of Duat set and headgear as well as coupon crates.

PUBG Mobile is also hosting giveaways from August 27nd till September 2nd. Players who spend UC will get free rewards such as the Anarkali Set, AG, Classic Crate Coupon and more.

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