A recent post by PUBG Mobile Korea revealed that there will be limitations in place to prevent players from accessing the Korean version of the game outside Korea and Japan. This means that players from regions outside Japan and Korea who accessed the Korean version of PUBG Mobile due to regional restrictions will no longer be able to play the game. There will be account restrictions in place from May 1st, 2021 and the game will become completely inaccessible from June 30th, 2021. For Indian players, however, account restrictions and the game being completely inaccessible will both happen on June 30, 2021.
What Do the Restrictions Mean for Indian PUBG Mobile Players?
Since the ban of PUBG Mobile in India, many players from the region opted to download the Korean version of the game. It allowed players to circumvent ongoing restrictions and still get access to the popular mobile esports title. With PUBG Mobile Korea revealing that there will be limitations for users from accessing the PUBG Mobile Korean Version from May 1st, 2021, Indian players will soon be locked out of the game.
Starting on May 1st, players will no longer be able to make payments and attempting to do so will lead to network issues. From June 30th, 2021, players outside Korea and Japan will no longer be able to login from the Korean version of PUBG Mobile. There is no official word on why the decision was taken by the developers.
The PUBG Mobile team clarified that the KRJP build of PUBG Mobile is meant for users of Korea and Japan only and players from other regions should continue playing the Global version of the game. All global regions aside India will no longer be able to settle payments in the KRJP build and may face network issues. Indian players will continue to be able to make purchases and access the game till June 30th.
The PUBG Mobile team also clarified the decision was taken to offer a better service and it is not related to any form of inequality or discrimination. The announcement stated “for a better experience, we suggest users out of Korea or Japan to use your local version or Global version. For other changes of services might be carried later, please notice our information.”
With PUBG Mobile still banned in India, players will have to wait for an official re-release which is said to be in the works but there is no official release date yet.
Note: An earlier version of the article incorrectly stated that the game will not be accessible for Indian players from May 1st. It has since been fixed.