The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has not obtained any permission from PUBG Mobile India-the ministry’s response to two different RTI applications. Last month, PUBG Corporation announced the launch of PUBG Mobile India, a game dedicated to India, which may be brought back to the country. The South Korean company also pledged to invest US$100 million (about Rs 7.34 billion) in the Indian market to “cultivate” the local version of the Royal Royale game banned by the government in September.
“MeitY does not grant permission to launch any website/mobile application/service. Therefore, MeitY has not granted PUBG/PUBG mobile India permission,” the ministry responded to the RTI submitted by MediaNama. The RTI app is seeking information on whether Krafton or its subsidiary PUBG Corporation requires a license to reissue PUBG Mobile or obtain a license.
In another RTI response, the Ministry of Railways only stated that it had not obtained permission to launch PUBG in the country. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said in its response on December 12: “MeitY has not obtained any permission to publish PUBG.”
The Ministry’s RTI response did not prove any details about whether the upcoming PUBG Mobile dedicated to India will be launched with the support of India. MeitY’s response is that it does not grant permission to launch any application-this only means that the application is officially not approved.
At the same time, if the game starts, it may face action-just like we saw with the original PUBG Mobile before. But this is not necessarily the response.
Soon after the ban took effect in September, PUBG Corporation took over the franchise rights of PUBG Mobile and its distribution responsibilities in China from Shenzhen-based Tencent Games. The company also owns the rights to the PC variant of PUBG. The company is also improving game content and setting up an office locally, hiring more than 100 new employees to solve some early problems.
When announcing the launch of PUBG Mobile India, the company said: “In addition to establishing local offices, the company will also seek to actively cooperate and use local businesses to enhance its gaming services.”
However, considering the response to the RTI application, PUBG Corporation may need to spend some extra time to push the new game to the United States. Given that it has not yet been supported by MeitY, the company may also encounter problems when publishing games on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
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