PUBG Ban In India: Will It Hurt China As PM Modi Expects?

Hanima Anand |Sep 03, 2020

The latest news of PUBG Ban in India is creating storms on the Internet. Twitter is flooded with PUBG ban memes while parents are over excited discussing their relief. But will it work?

As we all know, the Indian government has long wanted to ban PUBG in the country after receiving so many complaints about its effects on teen players, as well as the data security threat. However, it’s not until Sep 2nd that they could finally make it. Immediately after the announcement, PUBG Ban In India rose to the most searched word of the day with more than 5 million searches.

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Finally PM Narendra Modi made it.

From Twitter to Facebook, people are divided into whether the ban of PUBG in India will bring results as the Indian government expects. While some whole-heartedly support the policy, others cast doubt on its effectiveness. Here’s our perspective.

Tencent profit from PUBG Mobile India

It can’t be said that the ban of PUBG does not affect much this Chinese giant. You may not know PUBG Mobile is completely developed and distributed by Tencent, which means most of profit from PUBG Mobile India contribute to Tencent’s revenue, not its South Korean partner BlueHole.

According to recent reports, Tencent earned $1.3 billion from PUBG Mobile all over the world, in which China is its largest market, then comes US, Japan and India.

Our country records a whopping number of 13 million daily users in 2020, generating million dollars per month, let alone the past 7 months where people rush to play this game during the massive lockdown.

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Tencent's biggest revenue comes from Game for Peace, the PUBG Mobile version for China.

Clearly, the ban of PUBG Mobile will leave a great loss in Tencent’s revenue when losing 13 million users daily from India.

Also, another impact that the PUBG ban in India exerts on Tencent’s income is its stock value. Yesterday, right after the Indian government announced the complete ban of PUBG Mobile in the country, Tencent Holdings Ltd witnessed a drop in its stock value.

From 554 HKD as its peak yesterday, the stock dropped to 538.50 HKD in this morning. Despite its fluctuations, the PUBG ban in India definitely affects the price of this company’s stock, making it hard to reach its peak in the near future.

>>> Also read: Tencent Net Worth 2020 | How Rich Is The World Biggest Video Game Company?

PUBG Ban In India does not go alone

One thing you should remember is that PUBG Mobile is not the only app to be banned this time. There are up to 117 other Chinese apps suffering the same fate, and this is not a small number.

PUBG ban in India just represents the firm approach from India towards Chinese violation in border issues. Also, PUBG receives most attention as it is now the most played mobile game in the country with over 13 million daily users and around 33 million active players.

PUBG might not bring immediate effects to the Chinese economy but together with the ban of these popular apps namely Baidu, WeChat, Taobao or Rise of Kingdom, China will have to think twice before any provocative acts at our border.

Full list of Chinese apps banned in India on Sep 2, 2020.

APUS Launcher Pro, APUS Launcher, APUS Security, APUS Turbo Cleaner 2020- Junk Cleaner, Anti-Virus, APUS Flashlight, Cut Cut – Cut Out & Photo Background Editor, Baidu, Baidu Express Edition, FaceU – Inspire your Beauty, ShareSave by Xiaomi, CamCard, CamCard Business, CamCard for Salesforce, CamOCR, InNote, VooV Meeting – Tencent Video Conferencing, Super Clean – Master of Cleaner, Phone Booster, WeChat reading, Government WeChat, Small Q brush, Tencent Weiyun, Pitu, WeChat Work, Cyber Hunter, Cyber Hunter Lite, Knives Out-No rules, just fight!, Super Mecha Champions, LifeAfter, Dawn of Isles, Ludo World-Ludo Superstar, Chess Rush, PUBG MOBILE Nordic Map: Livik, PUBG MOBILE LITE, Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade, Art of Conquest: Dark Horizon, Dank Tanks

Warpath, Game of Sultans, Gallery Vault – Hide Pictures And Videos, Smart AppLock (App Protect), Message Lock (SMS Lock)-Gallery Vault Developer Team, Hide App-Hide Application Icon, AppLock, AppLock Lite, Dual Space – Multiple Accounts & App Cloner, ZAKZAK Pro – Live chat & video chat online, ZAKZAK LIVE: live-streaming & video chat app, Music – Mp3 Player, Music Player – Audio Player & 10 Bands Equalizer, HD Camera Selfie Beauty Camera, Cleaner – Phone Booster, Web Browser & Fast Explorer, Video Player All Format for Android, Photo Gallery HD & Editor, Photo Gallery & Album, Music Player – Bass Booster – Free Download

HD Camera, HD Camera Pro, Music Player, Gallery HD, Web Browser, Secure Explorer, Music player – Audio Player, Video Player – All Format HD Video Player, Lamour Love All Over The World, Amour, MV Master, APUS Message Center-Intelligent management, LivU Meet new people & Video chat with strangers, Carrom Friends, Ludo All Star, Bike Racing, Rangers Of Oblivion, Z Camera, GO SMS Pro, U-Dictionary: Oxford Dictionary Free Now Translate, Ulike, Tantan, MICO Chat, Kitty Live, Malay Social Dating App to Date & Meet Singles, Alipay, AlipayHK, Mobile Taobao, Youku, Road of Kings- Endless Glory

Sina News, Netease News, Penguin FM, Murderous Pursuits, Tencent Watchlist, Learn Chinese AI-Super Chinese, HUYA LIVE, Little Q Album, Fighting Landlords, Hi Meitu, Mobile Legends: Pocket, VPN for TikTok, Penguin E-sports Live assistant, Buy Cars, iPick, Beauty Camera Plus, Parallel Space Lite, “Chief Almighty: First Thunder BC, MARVEL Super War NetEase Games, AFK Arena, Creative Destruction NetEase Games, Crusaders of Light NetEase Games, Mafia City Yotta Games, Onmyoji NetEase Games, Ride Out Heroes NetEase Games, Yimeng Jianghu-Chu Liuxiang has been fully upgraded, Legend: Rising Empire NetEase Games, Arena of Valor: 5v5 Arena Games, Soul Hunters, Rules of Survival.

All things considered, we respect the Indian government’s decision on PUBG ban given the provocative acts from China in the border issues.

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