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No open Dialogue between Meity and PUBG Corporation regarding the ban of PUBG Mobile in India

January 7, 2021

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) today in response to a recent RTI stated that no formal dialogue between them and PUBG Corporation/KRAFTON had taken place.

The RTI which was filed by us here at GemWire on 17 December 2020 asked numerous questions to the MEITY regarding the ban of PUBG Mobile in India.

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One of the questions asked was:

Is there an open dialogue taking place between MEITY and PUBG Corporation/Krafton INC?

MEITY in response to this question stated that:

No formal dialogue with PUBG/Krafton is held by this Ministry.

The lack of dialogue and communication between PUBG Corporation and the MEITY brings more uncertainty regarding the relaunch of PUBG Mobile in India. Fans across the country have been anxiously waiting for the return of the game since PUBG Corporation, announced that they would be launching a new application called "PUBG Mobile India" especially keeping in mind the needs of the Indian market and industry.

Earlier, On 2nd September 2020, MeitY blocked access PUBG MOBILE Nordic Map: Livik app stating that it impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India. In response to that PUBG Corporation discontinued the services of PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite, starting from 30th October 2020. They also cut ties with the Chinese publisher Tencent and took the publishing rights of the game into their own hands.

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