Sources Deny Rumors of PUBG Mobile’s Return to India in 2020

PUBG Corporation’s popular mobile game PUBG Mobile will return to India, according to a new report from TechDirt, citing two unnamed sources familiar with the matter who claim that PUBG Corp. has told them that the company owned by Krafton, Inc. has engaged with global cloud service providers in recent weeks to store Indian user data within the country. 

The TechDirt report goes on to say that some high-profile streamers have been told by the South Korean company that the game could return by the end of 2020 and that an announcement is forthcoming. One source also claimed that a marketing campaign is planned for the festival of Diwali next week in India.

But multiple sources intimately familiar with the PUBG Mobile scene in India have told The Esports Observer that all they have heard is “rumors,” with one source saying that Bluehole is still evaluating the situation.

The Esports Observer has reached out to PUBG Corp. for comment and will update this story if new information becomes available.

Reports over the last several months have claimed that PUBG Corp. has been in talks with several companies in India following the September ban of the game including Reliance’s Jio and Airtel since it severed ties with Chinese conglomerate Tencent as its publisher in the region. 

Adding fuel to speculation on PUBG Mobile’s alleged return, several prominent India players posted cryptic messages this week on social media promising a “big announcement” in the future. 

PUBG Mobile and 117 other Chinese apps were banned from iOS and Android mobile app stores on Sept. 1, following a June 15 ban on 59 Chinese apps including Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and Clash of Kings. Call of Duty Mobile was one of the few games with ties to Tencent that did not get banned in India and is currently enjoying the vacuum created by PUBG Mobile’s absence from India.

On a related note, PUBG Corp. parent Krafton announced earlier this week that it has hired Mirae Asset Daewoo to spearhead an initial public offering in 2021, on South Korea’s Korea Exchange (KRX). Krafton will use Credit Suisse Group AG, Citigroup, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. as underwriters. 

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