Just when we thought that 2020 has had enough, the Government of India along with The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology declared a ban of 118 more Chinese apps on 2nd September. The Government of India has issued a press release, alleging that these apps have engaged in activities that are “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”.
So far, 224 Chinese apps have been banned for having “malicious intent”. The bans have resulted due to the frictions on the India-China border and because The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology received several complains from various sources that there had been misuses of user data. Several of the banned apps have been alleged for stealing and transmitting user data to locations outside of India, which may threaten national security and defence of India.
PUBG – the highly popular gaming app is one amongst the apps banned by the Government. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is an online multiplayer game, developed and published by PUBG Corporation. The game revolves around 100 players parachuting onto an island where they must survive by killing other players and scavenging for weapons and equipment. To add elements of challenge, the area available for safety decreases in size as the game progresses. The player or team that survives, wins the round.
The game was a hit amongst young teenagers and PUBG Mobile was downloaded over 600 million times.
The announcement of the ban on pubg has left the internet divided. Some believe that this was a well strategized move from the Indian Government, whereas others think that banning this app will solve nothing.
Many PUBG fans may be heartbroken but several have recovered and are now sharing hilarious memes through the internet. Fans have taken over twitter with their memes on how parents must be feeling about the ban on pubg since children are addicted to the game.
Fans can still play PUBG
There’s a way around everything! According to the press release, only PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite have been banned by the Indian Government. The Government will allow gamers to access the parent game PUBG since PUBG Corporation is located in South Korea and so is their server. It does not have any Chinese connections which satisfy the Government’s ban requirements.
The PC version of the game can still be accessed by fans. They just cannot use the mobile version anymore.
But this too comes with a catch. Unlike the mobile version, PUBG on PC is paid. But if fans are strictly looking for free versions of the game, they can access PUBG Lite for PC which offers a similar gaming experience.
This may not be the ideal application for some fans but there are still some benefits in opting for the PC version. Fans can access impressive graphics on laptops and desktops which will give them a better gaming experience.
In the list, several other battle royale apps like Ride Out Heroes, Rules of Survival, Cyber Hunter are also banned. But, here are a few alternatives fans and gamers might want to try.
Call of Duty
Go back to OG games! Call of Duty is one of the oldest franchises in First-Person shooter game genre. The game was originally released in 2003 so several 90s kids played this game during their adolescents. Their latest version, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was released on October 25, 2019. Some of the features offered in the new version are cross play, free maps and modes, and new engine deliver.
The mobile version of Call of Duty has a similar set up as PUBG. Up to a 100 players jump into a familiar battlefield with identifiable guns and characters. The game offers an immersive experience with its strong graphics. It has a total rating of 4.8 on Apple App store and takes 1.9GB worth of space. It takes 1.5GB space on Android smartphones and the game has been downloaded over 100 million times on Google Play Store with a total rating of 4.5.
Ark: Survival Evolved
Ark: Survival Evolved was released on 2nd June 2015. Unlike most battle royale games, Ark has 80 dinosaurs that need to be trained and tamed. These dinosaurs are available on water, air, land and underground. Gamers can play solo or join a tribe to craft weapons, clothes and other items for survival.
Some of the platforms gamers can play this game on are PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS and Android. The game has a total rating of 4.5 on the Apple App Store and requires 2GB of space. With more than 10 million downloads, Ark has a rating of 4 and takes 2.4GB worth of space.
Garena Free fire
Yet another popular alternative to PUBG if Garena Free Fire. This is a multiplayer game that was initially released on 30 September 2017. This game is developed by 111 Dots Studio and can be played on Android and iOS devices. It received the award for “Best Popular Game” by the Google Play Store in 2019.
Garena Free fire follows a 10-minute survival shooter game format. The game is fast-paced since the player is put on an island with 49 other players and they must kill to survive. This game also lets gamers land their parachute anywhere and drive vehicles, just like PUBG. Gamers can play the game solo or along with a “squad” with a total of 4 players. A wide array of weapons are always given to users with every update.
The game has a total rating of 4.1 on Google Play Store with more than 500 million downloads and only takes up to 580MB of space on Android devices. The game also has a total rating of 4 on Apple App store and takes 1.4 GB of space.
With the ban on pubg and several other Chinese apps, the Government wishes to see homegrown applications for otherwise popular apps across categories and genres. Niti Aayog has launched the Digital India AatmaNirbhar Bharat Innovate Challenge where developers are given the push to launch apps, to win various cash awards and incentives. They wish to see these applications potentially scale and become world-class apps in their respective categories.