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PUBG Mobile & PUBG Mobile Lite among 118 banned apps in India

Other games like Arena of Valor, AFK Arena, Game of Sultans, LifeAfter, MARVEL Super War also among banned apps

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Banning games for one or the other reason has been a running trend for the past few years. One of the most popular games to be banned in multiple Asian nations is Tencent’s PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite and after getting banned in multiple countries like Iran, Nepal, China, Pakistan, and a few more, the games have now been banned in India. The Indian government has banned 118 apps, including PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite. Earlier, PUBG Mobile and other 274 apps came under the radar of the Indian government for a potential threat to the data security of the Indian users. Recently, India banned another 47 Chinese apps after they were found to be clones of some of the 59 apps that were previously banned in June.

The list of banned apps including PUBG Mobile

  • 1.APUS Launcher Pro- Theme, Live Wallpapers, Smart
  • 2.APUS Launcher-Theme, Call Show, Wallpaper, HideApps
  • 3.APUS Security -Antivirus, Phone security, Cleaner
  • 4.APUS Turbo Cleaner 2020- Junk Cleaner, Anti-Virus
  • 5.APUS Flashlight-Free & Bright
  • 6.Cut Cut � Cut Out & Photo Background Editor
  • 7.Baidu
  • 8.Baidu Express Edition
  • 9.FaceU – Inspire your Beauty
  • 10.ShareSave by Xiaomi: Latest gadgets, amazing deals
  • 11.CamCard – Business Card Reader
  • 12.CamCard Business
  • 13.CamCard for Salesforce
  • 14.CamOCR
  • 15.InNote
  • 16.VooV Meeting – Tencent Video Conferencing
  • 17.Super Clean – Master of Cleaner, Phone Booster
  • 18.WeChat reading
  • 19.Government WeChat
  • 20.Small Q brush
  • 21.Tencent Weiyun
  • 22.Pitu
  • 23.WeChat Work
  • 24.Cyber Hunter
  • 25.Cyber Hunter Lite
  • 26.Knives Out-No rules, just fight!
  • 27.Super Mecha Champions
  • 28.LifeAfter
  • 29.Dawn of Isles
  • 30.Ludo World-Ludo Superstar
  • 31.Chess Rush
  • 32.PUBG MOBILE Nordic Map: Livik
  • 33.PUBG MOBILE LITE
  • 34.Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade
  • 35.Art of Conquest: Dark Horizon
  • 36.Dank Tanks
  • 37.Warpath
  • 38.Game of Sultans
  • 39.Gallery Vault – Hide Pictures And Videos
  • 40.Smart AppLock (App Protect)
  • 41.Message Lock (SMS Lock)-Gallery Vault Developer Team
  • 42.Hide App-Hide Application Icon
  • 43.AppLock
  • 44.AppLock Lite
  • 45.Dual Space – Multiple Accounts & App Cloner
  • 46.ZAKZAK Pro – Live chat & video chat online
  • 47.ZAKZAK LIVE: live-streaming & video chat app
  • 48.Music – Mp3 Player
  • 49.Music Player – Audio Player & 10 Bands Equalizer
  • 50.HD Camera Selfie Beauty Camera
  • 51.Cleaner – Phone Booster
  • 52.Web Browser & Fast Explorer
  • 53.Video Player All Format for Android
  • 54.Photo Gallery HD & Editor
  • 55.Photo Gallery & Album
  • 56.Music Player – Bass Booster – Free Download
  • 57.HD Camera – Beauty Cam with Filters & Panorama
  • 58.HD Camera Pro & Selfie Camera
  • 59.Music Player – MP3 Player & 10 Bands Equalizer
  • 60.Gallery HD
  • 61.Web Browser – Fast, Privacy & Light Web Explorer
  • 62.Web Browser – Secure Explorer
  • 63.Music Player – Audio Player
  • 64.Video Player – All Format HD Video Player
  • 65.Lamour Love All Over The World
  • 66.Amour- video chat & call all over the world.
  • 67.MV Master – Make Your Status Video & Community
  • 68.MV Master – Best Video Maker & Photo Video Editor
  • 69.APUS Message Center-Intelligent management
  • 70.LivU Meet new people & Video chat with strangers
  • 71.Carrom Friends: Carrom Board & Pool Game-
  • 72.Ludo All Star- Play Online Ludo Game & Board Games
  • 73.Bike Racing: Moto Traffic Rider Bike Racing Games
  • 74.Rangers Of Oblivion: Online Action MMO RPG Game
  • 75.Z Camera – Photo Editor, Beauty Selfie, Collage
  • 76.GO SMS Pro – Messenger, Free Themes, Emoji
  • 77.U-Dictionary: Oxford Dictionary Free Now Translate
  • 78.Ulike – Define your selfie in trendy style
  • 79.Tantan – Date For Real
  • 80.MICO Chat: New Friends Banaen aur Live Chat Karen
  • 81.Kitty Live – Live Streaming & Video Live Chat
  • 82.Malay Social Dating App to Date & Meet Singles
  • 83.Alipay
  • 84.AlipayHK
  • 85.Mobile Taobao
  • 86.Youku
  • 87.Road of Kings- Endless Glory
  • 88.Sina News
  • 89.Netease News
  • 90.Penguin FM
  • 91.Murderous Pursuits
  • 92.Tencent Watchlist (Tencent Technology
  • 93.Learn Chinese AI-Super Chinese
  • 94.HUYA LIVE Game Live Stream
  • 95.Little Q Album
  • 96.Fighting Landlords – Free and happy Fighting Landlords
  • 97.Hi Meitu
  • 98.Mobile Legends: Pocket
  • 99.VPN for TikTok
  • 100.VPN for TikTok
  • 101.Penguin E-sports Live assistant
  • 102. Buy Cars-offer everything you need, special offers and low prices
  • 103.iPick
  • 104.Beauty Camera Plus – Sweet Camera & Face Selfie
  • 105.Parallel Space Lite – Dual App
  • 106. Chief Almighty: First Thunder BC
  • 107.MARVEL Super War NetEase Games
  • 108.AFK Arena
  • 109.Creative Destruction NetEase Games
  • 110.Crusaders of Light NetEase Games
  • 111.Mafia City Yotta Games
  • 112.Onmyoji NetEase Games
  • 113.Ride Out Heroes NetEase Games
  • 114.Yimeng Jianghu-Chu Liuxiang has been fully upgraded
  • 115.Legend: Rising Empire NetEase Games
  • 116.Arena of Valor: 5v5 Arena Games
  • 117.Soul Hunters
  • 118.Rules of Survival

Why is PUBG Mobile & PUBG Mobile Lite being banned in India?

On September 2, 2020, the Ministry of Electronics & IT of India announced via their official Twitter page that the government of India has banned a total of 118 applications.

The Tweet also contains a link to an official Press Release by the Ministry which contains the full list of all the 118 apps which the Indian government has banned.

The ministry has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about the misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India.

GOVT. OF INDIA OFFICIAL PRESS release

It further elaborates that the ban took place “in the interest of sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India and security of the State”.

The press release did not explicitly mention as to who exactly are “misusing” the users’ data from these apps and where exactly are the “servers outside India” located. However, anyone who keeps track of current affairs would know about the existing border tensions between India and China, which even led to a recent shootout resulting in the loss of lives of army personnel for both the countries. The majority of the 188 apps which the Indian government has banned are of Chinese origin. This isn’t the first time the Indian government has banned Chinese apps. A few weeks ago, the Ministry of Electronics & IT of India banned 59 Chinese apps, including popular games like Mobile Legends and Clash of Kings. This particular ban of 188 apps includes games such as PUBG Mobile, PUBG Mobile Lite, Rules of Survival, Arena of Valor, Mafia City, Road of Kings, and many more.


Final thoughts

While a lot of Indians are cheering on this sudden ban, the youth and teenagers are not very happy about it. They have already started voicing their opinions over social media. Many have even voiced their dissent in the Reply section of the Ministry’s tweet itself. PUBG Mobile was the most popular mobile game in India.

The game quickly rose to popularity upon launch and was widely appreciated by the Indian youth, as well as youngsters all over the world. After Pakistan’s ban on the game, it was only a matter of time for the Indian government to follow suit. Now that the Indian government has banned PUBG Mobile, it will largely affect the content creation industry in the country since many of them quickly rose to fame by making content on this game. Only time will tell what effect the ban will have on the youth and teenagers of India, especially amidst the nationwide lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


That’s all we got for today regarding PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite being banned in IndiaWhat is your opinion on this? Let us know in the comment section below.

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