The very pulse of Indian gaming, PUBG mobile gets banned by the govt. What replacement has been introduced?
Words Amisha Shirgave
PUBG mobile gets banned after India had already banned 117 Chinese apps. It is banned under section 69A of the Information Technology Act, because "they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order".
The quarantine gave people all the time in the world and what better agenda than to play PUBG for hours? According to sources, 22 lakh people played PUBG in August, making it the most popular game in the country. People not only played the game but also participated in various online PUBG tournaments. So there is absolutely no doubt upon how saddened all PUBG fans are going to be as the plug has been finally pulled.
The government said that this action was taken after several complaints from users saying that their privacy and security data were breached and also that their data was being stolen and transferred anonymously to outside countries. The 117 Chinese apps were banned a few months ago for the same reason, and also due to the tension going on between India and China.
Just after two days of banning PUBG, Actor Akshay Kumar took to Twitter and
Instragram about an Indian made gaming application named FAU-G. "PM @narendramodi’s AtmaNirbhar movement, proud to present an action game, Fearless And United-Guards FAU-G. Besides entertainment, players will also learn about the sacrifices of our soldiers. 20% of the net revenue generated will be donated to @BharatKeVeer Trust #FAUG” read Akshay’s caption. So if not PUBG then FAU-G it is. With FAU-G, gamers not only get to play a game similar to PUBG but also get to play a game that is made in India whose proceeds go to the Indian army. The real question is will FAU-G make up to the expectations of all the gamers and will it be able to maintain the excitement of the game for long?