The government of India has banned 118 more Chinese apps including PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite over privacy concerns, news agency has reported. The 118 Chinese apps have been banned for allegedly engaging in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.
India bans 118 more Chinese mobile apps including PUBG Mobile over privacy concerns
With the fresh ban, the number of Chinese apps banned in India now stands at 224. PUBG Mobile
The government of India has banned 118 more Chinese apps including PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite over privacy concerns, news has reported. The 118 Chinese apps have been banned for allegedly engaging in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.
The government had on June 29 banned 59 Chinese-origin apps to ensure the safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace. The list included apps like TikTok, Shareit, UC Browser, Helo, Likee, Mi Community, Virus Cleaner, Beauty Plus, WeChat, UC News, Weibo, Xender, Bigo Live, Cam Scanner, Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile, and others.
A month later it had banned 47 more apps for allegedly operating as “clones” of the previously banned apps.
With the fresh ban, the number of Chinese apps banned in India now stands at 224.
The list now also includes apps like Baidu and WeChat but the biggest name on it is undoubtedly PUBG Mobile. The first time the government launched its “digital” strike on China to safeguard India’s privacy and security, many were left wondering how and why PUBG Mobile had missed the ban. It could have been due to the app’s complicated — read, mixed — origin.
PUBG is an online multiplayer battle royale game made by South Korean video game company Bluehole subsidiary PUBG Corporation. But PUBG Mobile is not made by the same subsidiary. When PUBG Mobile was initially launched, the motive behind it was to make PUBG enter China because the game was banned there. The game was released in China only after Shenzhen-based Tencent Games bought a 1.5% stake in Bluehole Studio, and this was how PUBG Mobile came into being. The rest as they say is history.
With the government now banning PUBG Mobile, it is clear that it wants to set a strong precedence that the nation’s privacy cannot be taken for granted.
Both Google and Apple will have to comply with the new ruling and remove these apps, including PUBG Mobile, from the Play Store and App Store respectively. ISPs will also have to selectively block these apps so existing users can’t access them until further notice.
PUBG Mobile is reportedly one of over 250 apps with links to China under the government of India’s scanner over privacy concerns. This means, there’s a possibility that the government may ban PUBG Mobile in the country, if the much popular — to the extent, that it’s often associated with the term “addiction” — battle royale game is found engaging in activities prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.
As expected, the news has sparked fresh debate around the “origin” of PUBG Mobile. More specifically, is PUBG Mobile a Chinese app? Or, does PUBG Mobile have a China connection. The answer to both these questions is complicated. PUBG Mobile is not a Chinese app at heart, but the fact of the matter is, it wouldn’t have existed (at least in its current state) if it were not for China, or more precisely, a Chinese company called Tencent Games.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, better known as PUBG, is an online multiplayer battle royale game made by South Korean video game company Bluehole subsidiary PUBG Corporation. PUBG Mobile isn’t made by the same subsidiary though. The whole point of PUBG Mobile, at one point of time, was so PUBG could enter China because the game was banned there. The game was released in China only after Shenzhen-based Tencent Games bought a 1.5% stake in Bluehole Studio, but as PUBG Mobile. The rest as they say is history.
As we said, it’s all very complicated. Regardless, here are 8 alternative battle royale games to consider just in case.
The list of 118 Chinese apps Ban in India
1. APUS Launcher Pro- Theme, Live Wallpapers, Smart 2. APUS Launcher -Theme, Call Show, Wallpaper, HideApps 3. APUS Security -Antivirus, Phone security, Cleaner 4. APUS Turbo Cleaner 2020- Junk Cleaner, Anti-Virus 5. APUS Flashlight-Free & Bright 6. Cut Cut — Cut Out & Photo Background Editor 7. Baidu 8. Baidu Express Edition 9. FaceU — Inspire your Beauty 10. ShareSave by Xiaomi: Latest gadgets, amazing deals 11. CamCard — Business Card Reader 12. CamCard Business 13. CamCard for Salesforce 14. CamOCR 15. InNote 16. VooV Meeting — Tencent Video Conferencing 17. Super Clean — Master of Cleaner, Phone Booster 18. WeChat reading 19. Government WeChat 20. Small Q brush 21. Tencent Weiyun 22. Pitu 23. WeChat Work 24. Cyber Hunter 25. Cyber Hunter Lite 26. Knives Out-No rules, just fight! 27. Super Mecha Champions 28. LifeAfter 29. Dawn of Isles 30. Ludo World-Ludo Superstar 31. Chess Rush 32. PUBG MOBILE Nordic Map: Livik 33. PUBG MOBILE LITE 34. Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade 35. Art of Conquest: Dark Horizon 36. Dank Tanks 37. Warpath 38. Game of Sultans 39. Gallery Vault — Hide Pictures And Videos 40. Smart AppLock (App Protect) 41. Message Lock (SMS Lock)-Gallery Vault Developer Team 42. Hide App-Hide Application Icon 43. AppLock 44. AppLock Lite 45. Dual Space — Multiple Accounts & App Cloner 46. ZAKZAK Pro — Live chat & video chat online 47. ZAKZAK LIVE: live-streaming & video chat app 48. Music — Mp3 Player 49. Music Player — Audio Player & 10 Bands Equalizer 50. HD Camera Selfie Beauty Camera 51. Cleaner — Phone Booster 52. Web Browser & Fast Explorer 53. Video Player All Format for Android 54. Photo Gallery HD & Editor 55. Photo Gallery & Album 56. Music Player — Bass Booster — Free Download 57. HD Camera — Beauty Cam with Filters & Panorama 58. HD Camera Pro & Selfie Camera 59. Music Player — MP3 Player & 10 Bands Equalizer 60. Gallery HD 61. Web Browser — Fast, Privacy & Light Web Explorer 62. Web Browser — Secure Explorer 63. Music player — Audio Player 64. Video Player — All Format HD Video Player 65. Lamour Love All Over The World 66. Amour- video chat & call all over the world. 67. MV Master — Make Your Status Video & Community 68. MV Master — Best Video Maker & Photo Video Editor 69. APUS Message Center-Intelligent management 70. LivU Meet new people & Video chat with strangers 71. Carrom Friends : Carrom Board & Pool Game- 72. Ludo All Star- Play Online Ludo Game & Board Games 73. Bike Racing : Moto Traffic Rider Bike Racing Games 74. Rangers Of Oblivion : Online Action MMO RPG Game 75. Z Camera — Photo Editor, Beauty Selfie, Collage 76. GO SMS Pro — Messenger, Free Themes, Emoji 77. U-Dictionary: Oxford Dictionary Free Now Translate 78. Ulike — Define your selfie in trendy style 79. Tantan — Date For Real 80. MICO Chat: New Friends Banaen aur Live Chat karen 81. Kitty Live — Live Streaming & Video Live Chat 82. Malay Social Dating App to Date & Meet Singles 83. Alipay 84. AlipayHK 85. Mobile Taobao 86. Youku 87. Road of Kings- Endless Glory 88. Sina News 89. Netease News 90. Penguin FM 91. Murderous Pursuits 92. Tencent Watchlist (Tencent Technology 93. Learn Chinese AI-Super Chinese 94. HUYA LIVE — Game Live Stream 95. Little Q Album 96. Fighting Landlords — Free and happy Fighting Landlords 97. Hi Meitu 98. Mobile Legends: Pocket 99. VPN for TikTok 100. VPN for TikTok 101. Penguin E-sports Live assistant 102. Buy Cars-offer everything you need, special offers and low prices 103. iPick 104. Beauty Camera Plus — Sweet Camera & Face Selfie 105. Parallel Space Lite — Dual App 106. “Chief Almighty: First Thunder BC 107. MARVEL Super War NetEase Games 108. AFK Arena 109. Creative Destruction NetEase Games 110. Crusaders of Light NetEase Games 111. Mafia City Yotta Games 112. Onmyoji NetEase Games 113. Ride Out Heroes NetEase Games 114. Yimeng Jianghu-Chu Liuxiang has been fully upgraded 115. Legend: Rising Empire NetEase Games 116. Arena of Valor: 5v5 Arena Games 117. Soul Hunters 118. Rules of Survival