FAUG, India’s very own PUBG Mobile replacement released on the 26th of January, 2021, the Indian Republic Day. Tension has risen from a tweet from Vishal Gondal, a member of nCore games, which developed the game FAUG. The tweet has been misinterpreted and thus, gone viral. The comments of Vishal Gondal has started a FAUG ban trend in India. In this article, we are going to discuss the whole story of the FAUG ban trend.
Who is Vishal Gondal?
Vishal Gondal is an Indian entrepreneur and angel investor. He is the founder and CEO of GOQii. Gondal has founded the game development and publishing company Indiagames, which he sold to DisneyUTV Digital, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company India, in 2011. He briefly served as the Managing Director of the Digital division of The Walt Disney Company India from September 2012 to June 2013. On 4 September 2020, Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar announced the planned release of FAU-G, a game developed by Bengaluru-headquartered nCORE Games, under Vishal Gondal, which is released on 26 January 2021.
Vishal Gondal’s tweet which sparked the FAUG ban controversy
Gondal had raised concerns on Twitter about the unchecked rise of various gaming apps built around games such as rummy, poker, fantasy sports, and other real money games in a tweet on February 9, 2021. These comments were enough to offend some players from certain games. He got eight legal notices for defamation. Responding to these legal notices on Vishal Gondal, Gondal’s lawyer pointed out that there have been instances of 19 cases of suicide in the last few months after many users lost big amounts of money to online gambling portals. Hence, Gondal expressed his opinions.
These comments created anger among some players and they created a hashtag on Twitter called “#SavetheYouthBanFauG“. This line was in the trending list of the gaming section in India. This hashtag remained on the list for almost 2-3 hours. Approximately, 2000 tweets were posted with this hashtag.
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