The Indian government has banned 118 more applications, including the popular game “Pub G”, due to rising tensions with China over the Ladakh issue.
According to the reports, the Indian government said the ban on the Chinese applications was in the interest of India’s sovereignty and integrity, defense, and security. Tencent Holdings Limited’s video game PubG is among the top 5 smartphone games worldwide and has been downloaded more than 734 million times so far.
According to reports, PubG has about 50 million active players in India, but the app has now been banned in India. According to the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the mobile game was banned along with other apps under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act.
The reasons given for the ban were that the apps were involved in activities that were biased against India’s sovereignty and integrity, defense, and security. The statement said the decision was taken to ensure the protection, integrity, and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace and would protect the interests of millions of Indian mobile and internet users.
In June, India banned 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok, UC Browser, VChat, and Bego Live. India had announced the ban, calling China’s applications a threat to the country’s sovereignty, integrity, defense, and law and order. Later in July, India banned 47 more applications, which were said to be clone applications of previous shutdowns. Between 2015 and 2019, Chinese companies, including Alibaba and others, invested more than 5 5.5 billion in Indian technology companies.