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PUBG shut down! Now What?

With the PUBG Mobile ban, the government on Wednesday delivered what many Indian parents had been waiting to hear for months now, while leaving their children shocked


The news of PUBG ban spread like wildfire on social media platforms and within minutes “PUBG Banned” became the top trending topic on Twitter.

Many “PUBG lovers” wrote paeans to the app, even as they lamented the days that they would have to pass without playing the game.

The PUBG game, which has more than 600 million downloads and 50 million active players globally, has millions users, especially young in India.

India’s move to ban PUBG Mobile and 117 other Chinese apps came after the fresh Chinese aggression in Indian Territory at Pangong Tso in eastern Ladakh.

With the PUBG Mobile ban, the government on Wednesday delivered what many Indian parents had been waiting to hear for months now, while leaving their children shocked.

Even before the government banned TikTok, along with 58 other Chinese apps in June, sporadic demands for PUBG ban had surfaced on several platforms from time to time.

As these parents heaved a sigh of relief when the government published a fresh list of banned apps, many players of the game are still coming to terms…

Speaking to a professional tier 1 player from Guwahati, he said “The news came as a shock to us gamers. Now my competitive PUBG carrier is over and I don’t know what to do next. I think I will have to resume my studies further”.

“I guess the happiest people will be the ones who used TikTok. Though we will miss playing PUBG but we have many alternate options like Freefire and Call of Duty “, another player, Julius said.

While speaking to a parent of a PUBG player, she said: “It’s a good move on the part of Indian government. My child used to play PUBG 4-5 hours daily..  He shouts while playing and during his game rage, he used to be rude with us”.

“I am happy as now he no longer can play the game, and hopefully will concentrate on his studies more.”

The announcement of banning the application has come as a shock to avid PUBG players who have shared their reaction through funny memes on social media and with that; they seem to have already started searching for an alternate game to switch to before the game officially ends operations in India.

 Here are some of the alternate games, similar to PUBG, players can try.

Call of Duty: A very old and popular PC game, which has released their mobile version on October 1, saw one of the largest mobile game launches in history, generating over US$327 million with 250 million downloads by June 2020.

The game includes a battle royale mode featuring up to 100 players, resembling PUBG. A player can choose to play alone, on a two-man team, or in a four-man squad.

Garena Freefire: It became the most downloaded mobile game globally in 2019. The game also received the award for the “Best Popular game” by the Google Play store in 2019 itself.

Garena Freefire is an online-only action-adventure battle royale game which is similar to PUBG, and played in a third person perspective. The game consists of up to 50 players falling from a parachute on an island in search of weapons and equipment to kill the other players.

Fortnite Battle Royale:  Fortnite is a free game, but players are required to pay for various in-app purchases of weapons and skins. Fortnite Battle Royale, the mobile version, gets over 125 million players a year, leading to hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues. Overall, according to Sensor Tower, Fortnite has over 350 million players around the world.

Both Apple app store and Google play store have removed the game from their app stores. The game can be downloaded only on ‘Epic Games’ application.