PUBG Mobile India has not been granted any permission for the launch by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. Responses given by the ministry in response to the two different RTI applications were revealed. Last month during this year, PUBG Corporation announced that the launch of the India-specific game, PUBG Mobile India, that could bring the game back to the country. The South Korean company has also promised investments worth of $100 million which is around roughly Rs. 734 crores in the Indian market to cultivate the local version of the battle royale game that had been banned by the Indian government the month of September.
The ministry said in response to the RTI which was filed by MediaNama that MeitY does not grant the permission for starting of any websites / mobile Apps or any services. Accordingly, MeitY has not granted permission to PUBG mobile in India. The RTI application was seeking for the clarity on whether Krafton or its subsidiary PUBG Corporation asked for received permissions on the re-launch of PUBG Mobile in India.
The ministry said in a separate RTI response, said that no permissions had been given for the launch of this game in the country. MeitY has not given any kind of permission for launch of the game.
The RTI responses which was given by the ministry do not prove any details on whether the India-specific PUBG Mobile, which was said and teased to release again and come back soon to the country, will launch with the government’s support. The MeitY response is that it would not grant permission for starting of any apps. This just means that officially, it would not pre-approve an app like this for now.
At the same time, if the game is proceeded for it’s launch, it could face action — just like what we saw earlier with the original PUBG Mobile. But the response that is needed does not necessarily say that either.
PUBG Corporation took over the PUBG Mobile franchise and it is also publishing responsibilities in the country from Shenzhen-based Tencent Games that is shortly after the ban that was imposed in September. The company that also holds the rights for the PC variant of PUBG, it is also improving in-game content and establishing a local office with fresh hiring of over 100 employees in order to help some of the earlier issues.
The company said about the announcement of the launch of PUBG Mobile game in India. In addition to establishing a local office, the company said that it will also look forward to actively collaborate and leverage local businesses to strengthen its gaming service.
However, the given responses to the RTI applications says that PUBG Corporation may need to take some additional time to bring the new game to the country. The company is also likely to face issues in releasing the game on Apple App Store and as well on Google Play store, given that it has not yet received a nod from MeitY.