Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds is an online multiplayer battle royale game developed and published by PUBG Corporation, a subsidiary of South Korean video game company Bluehole.
The game is based on previous mods that were created by Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene for other games, inspired by 2000 Japanese film Battle Royale, and expanded into a standalone game under Greene’s creative direction.
The recent controversy over TikTok and its removal from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store has brought back the calls for banning PUBG, again. Rajkot police has now requested Google to remove the online multiplayer battle royale game from the Store and prevent its download in the jurisdiction of Rajkot city.
“We have said we have banned this, so if possible, if in any IP of this area they are downloading the game then we have said, stop it if you can,” the Rajkot police commissioner, Manoj Agrawal.
Battlegrounds were first released for Microsoft Windows via Steam’s early access beta program in March 2017, with a full release on December 20, 2017. That same month, the game was released by Microsoft Studios for the Xbox One via its Xbox Game Preview program, and officially released in September 2018.
Both TikTok and PUBG are the hottest apps in India today and now both of them are being accused of corrupting the country’s youth.
Both Apple and Google have removed TikTok from their stores after the ruling of the Madras High Court, which ordered its removal from app stores over concerns that it was being used to spread pornography. TikTok has more than 12 crore users in India.
Similarly, PUBG is facing difficult times in India, especially in the state of Gujarat. Earlier, Gujarat Banned PUBG and recently TikTok app was also banned in India.
It all started with the porn ban and now PUBG and TikTok have joined the ever-growing list of banned apps. Such bans are obviously ineffective and people can easily Google their way around such decrees.