A week ago, PUBG Mobile, one of the most popular games in India, was banned in the country along with 117 other mobile apps.
This is a result of India's economic sanctions as a response to the ongoing China–India skirmishes in 2020, which started in May this year and are becoming increasingly more violent.
PUBG Corporation is a South Korean gaming company, and PUBG Mobile has been developed by them, but the issue is that the publisher is Tencent, a well-known Chinese media and gaming corporation.
PUBG Mobile is one of the most popular games in India(Picture: PUBG Corp)
For that reason, the game has been banned in India, where PUBG has nearly 33 million active users and it's one of the most popular games in the country with a developed esports and streaming scene.
After a week of silence, PUBG Corporation finally has addressed the situation.
In a statement, PUBG Corporation says that it "fully understands and respects the measures taken by the (Indian) government".
"PUBG Corporation 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," the statement reads.
As a first step, they've announced that Tencent will no longer be PUBG Mobile publisher in India, and that moving forward, PUBG Corporation will take on all publishing responsibilities within the country.
(Picture: PUBG Corp)
In this way, they are securing India's economic sanctions towards China will bypass them, as the Chinese company has been removed from their business in India.
It's not clear from the statement when and how PUBG Mobile will return to India, except that it will happen "in the near future" but it is very clear from the tone of it that India's market is of utmost importance for the game and the company.