PUBG(Battlegrounds of PlayerUnknown) are not yet ready to give up on India. After Tencent revoked the intellectual property rights for PUBG Mobile, the parent company Krafton Inc of PUBG Corporation has now signed a new agreement that will allow it to host the battle royale game on the Azure cloud service of Microsoft.
To note, a few months back, PUBG Mobile was banned in India and also withdrawn from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The game was still playable until a few days ago, when Tencent announced that server access would be stopped.
This does not mean, however that PUBG Mobile will be back in India right now. Though reports have shown that PUBG Mobile may soon return to India, the Indian government has repeatedly reiterated on several occasions that data localization and Chinese ownership are only part of the reason for its ban on cloud deals..
A series of products, including PUBG, PUBG Mobile, and PUBG Mobile Lite games, will be part of the new cloud deal between Krafton and Microsoft. This means that Microsoft Azure servers, which are also available in India, can host all user data from these three games.
PUBG Company is searching for a publisher for PUBG Mobile in India as well. It allegedly spoke to a number of Indian publishing rights firms, including Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio, who were able to take over PUBG Mobile title operations in India.
According to media sources, PUBG Company has also spoken to Alibaba-funded Paytm for publishing rights. For now it is not clear who has shown interest in this bid, but the hunt for the publisher is poised to end well, considering the success and benefit that PUBG Mobile can bring.
As reported earlier, Microsoft is closing the deal to acquire the rights for the Indian market and a local edition of PUBG Mobile with various publishers could soon make its way to India.
Several Indian PUBGM professionals have already suggested “positive news” and all of these consequences mean that PUBG Mobile is on the verge of being unbanned in India.