PUBG Mobile returns to India after ban with green blood and a new name

Massively well-liked battle royale recreation PUBG Mobile is returning to India after being banned in September 2020, TechCrunch writes. The app is accessible in early entry on Google’s Play Retailer underneath a new name, Battlegrounds Mobile India, and with some adjustments to the sport itself, like green blood and a new account system.

PUBG Mobile was initially banned alongside a whole bunch of different apps due to connections to Chinese language corporations — on this recreation’s case, it was main online game investor Tencent. On the time of the ban, PUBG Studio (owned by the bigger South Korean firm Krafton) introduced that it would relaunch in the region with new options custom-made for Indian players, together with the colour change to blood, and framing the sport explicitly as a “digital simulation coaching floor.”

TechCrunch writes that past modified bodily fluids — a part of a lengthy custom of censoring depictions of violence in video games — and reminders that the sport isn’t actual, Battlegrounds appears to be the identical as PUBG Mobile. There’s apparently even a means to simply switch your account from the older recreation to the new one.

The actually consequential adjustments could also be much less seen. The Indian authorities’s main justification for the ban was that it had considerations about the place customers’ information was transmitted, with the concept that it was not comfy having that information despatched to locations outdoors of India (learn: China).

Forward of its deliberate relaunch, PUBG Studio introduced it was severing ties with Tencent in India and shifting the sport’s internet hosting to Microsoft Azure data centers within the nation, which can have solved the matter properly earlier than any green blood did.

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