Ok, we don’t know when PUBG Mobile is coming back to India, or if at all (we really wish we did), but there’s some news this battle royale fans can be proud of. PUBG Mobile has crossed one billion total downloads worldwide as Tencent has just announced.
This one billion figure does not include Mainland China, and yet is sizable enough to show its significant presence globally.
Released in 2018, PUBG Mobile has been considered to be one of the most popular games in the world. In 2019 it also managed to become the highest-grossing mobile game globally.
Besides this one billion milestone announcement, Tencent also announced a partnership with Godzilla vs. Kong. PUBG Mobile players will soon be able to take part in an in-game event created on the theme of the upcoming movie. The in-game event includes a game mode along with theme content.
The classic Karakin map will also be open for mobile players to conquer again on April 7. And there is also PUBG: New State to look forward to. This new game is expected to launch on both Android and iOS later this year.
PUBG Mobile and what’s happening in India
PUBG Mobile has been in a rut in India since September last year when it was banned by the Indian government over security concerns of not hosting their data locally.
Since then the company has removed Tencent as its publisher, bringing on Krafton and also typing up with Microsoft Azure to host the game on cloud in India. They also instated PUBG Mobile India and that version of the game was announced in Diwali last year.
Neither the Indian version of the game nor the PUBG Mobile original version has been able to launch or relaunch in the country since the Indian government is yet to give it a go-ahead.
Very recently though, Krafton posted a job announcement on LinkedIn for an investment strategy analyst in the country that got PUBG Mobile fans all excited.
Given that Krafton is hiring people here, it is possible that there is still some hope for the battle royale to make a come-back here in some form or the other.