If the agreement is signed on, PUBG Corp will retain the publishing rights for the game and an Indian firm will handle the distribution, not Tencent.
The PlayerUnKnown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG Corp) is made by South Korean company Bluehole Games. Now the company looking for an Indian gaming firm for a partner to redistribute its fortunes in its biggest market India.
Why PUBG Corp kick Tencent franchise ?
This follows PUBG Corp announcing that they were severing ties with Tencent Games after both PUBG Mobile or Mobile Lite were included in the list of 118 Chinese apps that recently got banned by the Indian government. These apps were banned because “They are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, the security of the state and public order.”
According to source, the company working on a new licensing agreement with Indian gaming firm to pass on the rights to run PUBG Mobile in India again.
If the agreement is passed, so PUBG Corp will retain the publishing rights for the game and Indian firm will handle the distribution. If the agreement with an Indian firm is passed so it helps lift the ban that has been imposed by the government.
According to Indian Govt official who spoke to company, the major concerns are those related to data privacy and activity inside the phone. Post the ban, the Govt send over 70 queries to PUBG Corp and the company has been asked to respond within three weeks.
PUBG Corp shared a statement on Monday, announcing their decision to no longer authorise the PUBG Mobile franchise to Tencent Games in India and mentioned that they are ready to work with Indian government to get the games working again.
The ban on PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite has made Tencent once of the biggest losers in this whole chapter of the Indian government banning Chinese apps and joins ByteDance-owned TikTok that was banned in June this year and India was also TikTok’s biggest market, like PUBG. PUBG Mobile made over $100 million in 2019 from in-app purchases in India.