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Google, Apple remove PUBG from app stores after India ban

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NEW DELHI: The Indian government recently banned 118 Chinese smartphones apps which also included the popular game PUBG. The government claims that these apps were “engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.” Now following the ban both Google and Apple have removed the game from their Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
Both Google and Apple have taken down the PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite games from the stores. Both the games were available for download till Thursday night. However, now the games have been removed and nobody will be able to download them anymore.
Apart from PUBG the government has also banned 26 other games which include Cyber Hunter, Cyber Hunter Lite, Knives Out-No rules, just fight!, Super Mecha Champions, LifeAfter, Dawn of Isles, Ludo World-Ludo Superstar and more. These games are expected to be removed from Play Store and App Store respectively going ahead and if you have already installed any of these games then it will automatically stop working.
It was also reported that Chinese internet giant Tecent saw a decline of 2% in its share trading on the Hong Kong stock exchange after India’s ban on PUBG. Tencent shares closed at just over $69 per share on Thursday, some 2% down from nearly $71 the day before.
The drop in share prices is linked to India being PUBG’s largest market in terms of user base. India is not a high-revenue market for the game, but the large base of users here is an advantage for the game and its investors.

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