Could Free Fire Get Banned In India?

After the ban of 118 Chinese apps including PUBG Mobile, many are left wondering about the possibility of games like Free Fire also being banned by the government. Players have been looking towards alternative games such as COD Mobile, Free Fire, Fortnite, and many more to fill up that void left by PUBG. One of the major outliers here is definitely Free Fire.

There have been many reports of the game being considered for a ban and having connections to China. While in reality, it is highly unlikely for Free Fire to get banned in India.


WHO ARE THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE GAME

The game is developed by a Vietnamese app development company called 111dots Studio and it is published worldwide by a Singapore-based organization called Garena. The current CEO of Garena Free Fire is Forrest Li who was born in China, however, he is currently a permanent citizen of Singapore.

However, it seems Tencent is one of the major stakeholders of Garena’s parent company is Sea Limited, which has its headquarters in Singapore. Previously, the Chinese conglomerate had a 39.7% share in Free Fire’s parent company while now it only has a 25.6% share in Sea Limited.


CAN FREE FIRE GET BANNED

The main reason for the government to ban an app is if its a Chinese origin app which is in suspicion of leaking user data to the Chinese government. In Free Fire’s case, one of its major stakeholders is a Chinese company such as Tencent who has seen many of its apps being banned.

Despite that, the actual development and publishing of the game are handled by 111dots Studio and Garena respectively both of which are not associated with the Chinese government.


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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 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 Update 0.7.0 Out! Includes War Mode

PUBG Mobile just released Update 0.7.0 for Android and iOS which includes the new War Mode. This new update has a download size of 1.6GB on Android and 2.2GB on iOS. The War Mode is PUBG Mobile’s version of a Deathmatch where teams skydive into a small area and try to reach 100 points. Points can be gained by killing opponents which gives you 3 points, killing downed opponents gives you 1 point and saving a teammate gives you 1 point. The game mode also features unlimited respawns so it is all out war.

Another new introduction is the Clan System. Players can now create and customise unique clan icons and earn exclusive rewards by climbing up ranks and completing challenges. They’ve also added the SLR Sniper Rifle along with new weapon grips. Here’s a full list of everything new in the new update.

PUBG Mobile 0.7.0 update patch notes

  • Arcade Mode – War: a new, faster-paced variation of Arcade mode.
  • Added the SLR Sniper Rifle.
  • Added Light Foregrip, Half Foregrip, Thumb Foregrip.
  • Parameters for Vertical Foregrip and Angled Foregrip have been adjusted.
  • Achievements: added many entertaining and challenging long-term objectives. Complete difficult objectives to get titles and outfits.
  • Added titles to the game. Players can select one to display by their name.
  • Clans: players can now create or join Clans, which unlocks Clan insignia, missions, and the Clan Shop.
  • Regions: check out the regional rankings to see who’s the best.
  • First Person Perspective now supported in custom rooms.
  • Chat system: added a team channel for finding teams and added a community system where players can find topics that interest them by tags.
  • Like feature: players can now give one another LIKEs after a match. Number of LIKEs received will be displayed on a player’s profile page.
  • New animations: characters now have different poses on the results screen based on performance. Added new idling animation for female characters.
  • Main menu UI redesign: main UI redesigned for players to enter different modes quicker.
  • Shop UI redesign: simplified shop UI.
  • Multiple crate purchases and batch dismantle: all crates can now be purchased 10 at a time. Extra items in inventory can now be dismantled in batch.
  • Crate Coupons: crates can now be opened by coupons, which are created by combining coupon scraps.
  • Miscellaneous: added new vehicles, helmets, backpack finishes and new character faces.
  • Messages can now be marked as read instantly.
  • Players can see friends recommended by the system.
  • Added more ways to share.
  • Room owners now have access to more room parameters.
  • Friends list has been improved to fix an issue where data errors occurred when having too many friends. Added weapon information to spectator mode.
  • Added an instant refuel button so that vehicles low on fuel can be refueled instantly.
  • Custom controls: sprint button, pick-up list.

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Fortnite Android Release Date Teased to be July 24

With PUBG so dominant in the mobile gaming market right now, many people have been wondering when the Fortnite would make its way to Android. We finally have some news but it comes from the most unlikely of sources.


Tencent Mobile is the distributor and developer of PUBG Mobile and their tweet has a Tencent WeGame logo on it which is going to be a store like community platform akin to Steam. The tweet teases us with a calendar that shows the date as 24th July and the text reads “It’s coming”. If Tencent is truly the distributor of this and even the developers for it, they are likely to become one of the biggest names in Mobile Gaming with two of the most popular games under their belt.

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PUBG Mobile Beta Out Now, Includes Unreleased Features

The ever-popular PUBG Mobile now has a beta version specifically available for Android users. While it is a bit unstable and might have bugs in it, it also includes a few new features which may or may not be part of the upcoming version 0.7.0. The beta version which is available here has sadly reached its maximum number of users for now but it does say that space could open up for more users. Fret not though, even if you don’t get to play it we can still help you get hyped up for the official release with information pertaining to what is in this beta.

This beta features a faster version of Arcade mode known as Arcade Mode-War. There’s also a new feature called the “Portable Closet” that lets players change clothes during the match, however, doing so does NOT pause your game. Another in-game feature is the inclusion of a new weapon- the SLR Sniper Rifle. Besides this, there’s a new overhauled main menu design that makes it more accessible and user-friendly. This beta version, however, does not track your progress since you cannot sign-in so keep that in mind if you get into the Beta. Thanks to Android Wear for their report.

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