Two months ago when PUBG Mobile was banned along with numerous other Chinese apps, the esports ecosystem and fans were left in limbo. Now India is just days away from the return of one of its most beloved mobile games. According to reliable inside sources within the Indian gaming and esports industry, an advertisement featuring well-known PUBG MOBILE players is being shot. Our sources have also revealed that a Bollywood actor will also be starring in this advertisement as well. PUBG MOBILE is expected to make a big announcement on 12th November 2020, an early Diwali gift.
The game seems to have secured the servers to run in the country. According to a report by Business Wire, KRAFTON Inc. (of which PUBG Corp is a subsidiary) announced yesterday that it is working with Microsoft’s Azure to host PUBG MOBILE, among other products. The KRAFTON Inc. and Microsoft collaboration promises to ensure that privacy rights are respected and relevant software will be in full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, which could allow PUBG Corp. to comply with the Indian government’s requirements and distance itself from any Chinese involvement. This development comes after PUBG Corp. cut ties with Tencent in early September and took away the China-based company’s rights to publish the game in India.
Community Drops Hints About PUBG Mobile’s Return
Kronten, Ghatak, and Ocean Sharma have been dropping hints about the major announcement for the past week. The news that PUBG Mobile is returning to India has been in the works for at least a month with reports suggesting Reliance Jio and Airtel, as well as Microsoft, were in competition for the bid. Well-known esports commentator Ocean Sharma tweeted this yesterday, hinting that Microsoft is indeed the frontrunner:
The industry indeed took a big hit since PUBG MOBILE was the bread and butter for a number of players, teams, streamers, and tournament organisers. Following the ban of PUBG Mobile in the country, top Indian teams like Orange Rock, TSM Entity, Nova GodLike, Galaxy Racer, Fnatic, Team SouL, etc. who had directly qualified from the PMPL-SA Spring Regular Season, could not participate in the tournament. Some organisations like Stalwart Esports and FutureStation opted to sign on teams from neighbouring countries like Bangladesh and Pakistan to retain their spot in the tournament. It remains to be seen how esports organisations will take the news, given that some teams like Megastars ended up disbanding. Viewership of popular streamers in the scene declined as they switched to newer games like Free Fire, Call of Duty: Mobile, Among Us and Fall Guys. It remains to be seen if PUBG Mobile gets its mojo back, but for now, the PUBG Mobile community in India can finally breathe a sigh of relief. Their beloved game is all set to make this Diwali just a little more lit.
Edit note: An earlier version of this article contained additional details, which upon request of those involved, have been edited. AFK Gaming acknowledges that revealing this information could have negative repercussions on the game's re-launch in the country and as well wishers of the domestic circuit, we have chosen to make the necessary edits.