Technology PUBG game owner distances itself from Tencent in bid to overturn India app ban – CNBC

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Photo Illustration of PUBG app with Banned text on an iPad device in Guwahati, India, on Sept. 2, 2020. India has banned more than 100 additional apps with linkage to China, including popular mobile game PUBG citing cybersecurity concerns as geopolitical tensions between India and China rise.

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The owner of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has cut ties with Chinese tech giantTencentin India, in an effort lift the ban on a mobile version of the game.

PUBG Corporation, the South Korean company that develops and publishes PUBG, said Tuesday that it would drop Tencent as the publisher of its PUBG Mobile game in India.

Last week, the Indian governmentadded PUBG Mobile and 117 other apps with links to China to ablacklist including the likes of TikTok and WeChatdue to alleged national security risks.

“In light of recent developments, PUBG Corporation has made the decision to no longer authorize thePUBG MOBILEfranchise to Tencent Games in India,” PUBG Corporation said in a statement Tuesday. “Moving forward, PUBG Corporation will take on all publishing responsibilities within the country.”

“As the company explores ways to provide its own PUBG experience for India in the near future, it is committed to doing so by sustaining a localized and healthy gameplay environment for its fans,” it added.

It comes amid a spike in geopolitical tensions between India and China after aborder clash in the Himalayas that left 20 Indian

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