As we are aware of the recent ban imposed on Sept 02, Wednesday, by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology on the 118 Chinese mobile apps, it came as a major shocker for many online gaming enthusiasts when the ban also included the mobile application, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds or PUBG for short. At its core, the game was a battle royale that cooked up a storm in the Indian gaming industry, with its entry in 2018.
Here’s the entire list of the 118 Chinese Mobile Apps that were banned:
- APUS Launcher Pro- Theme, Live Wallpapers, Smart
- APUS Launcher -Theme, Call Show, Wallpaper, HideApps
- APUS Security -Antivirus, Phone security, Cleaner
- APUS Turbo Cleaner 2020- Junk Cleaner, Anti-Virus
- APUS Flashlight-Free & Bright
- Cut Cut – Cut Out & Photo Background Editor
- Baidu Express Edition
- FaceU – Inspire your Beauty
- ShareSave by Xiaomi: Latest gadgets, amazing deals
- CamCard – Business Card Reader
- CamCard Business
- CamCard for Salesforce
- VooV Meeting – Tencent Video Conferencing
- Super Clean – Master of Cleaner, Phone Booster
- WeChat reading
- Government WeChat
- Small Q brush
- Tencent Weiyun
- WeChat Work
- Cyber Hunter
- Cyber Hunter Lite
- Knives Out-No rules, just fight!
- Super Mecha Champions
- Dawn of Isles
- Ludo World-Ludo Superstar
- Chess Rush
- PUBG MOBILE Nordic Map: Livik
- PUBG MOBILE LITE
- Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade
- Art of Conquest: Dark Horizon
- Dank Tanks
- Game of Sultans
- Gallery Vault – Hide Pictures And Videos
- Smart AppLock (App Protect)
- Message Lock (SMS Lock)-Gallery Vault Developer Team
- Hide App-Hide Application Icon
- AppLock Lite
- Dual Space – Multiple Accounts & App Cloner
- ZAKZAK Pro – Live chat & video chat online
- ZAKZAK LIVE: live-streaming & video chat app
- Music – Mp3 Player
- Music Player – Audio Player & 10 Bands Equalizer
- HD Camera Selfie Beauty Camera
- Cleaner – Phone Booster
- Web Browser & Fast Explorer
- Video Player All Format for Android
- Photo Gallery HD & Editor
- Photo Gallery & Album
- Music Player – Bass Booster – Free Download
- HD Camera – Beauty Cam with Filters & Panorama
- HD Camera Pro & Selfie Camera
- Music Player – MP3 Player & 10 Bands Equalizer
- Gallery HD
- Web Browser – Fast, Privacy & Light Web Explorer
- Web Browser – Secure Explorer
- Music player – Audio Player
- Video Player – All Format HD Video Player
- Lamour Love All Over The World
- Amour- video chat & call all over the world.
- MV Master – Make Your Status Video & Community
- MV Master – Best Video Maker & Photo Video Editor
- APUS Message Center-Intelligent management
- LivU Meet new people & Video chat with strangers
- Carrom Friends : Carrom Board & Pool Game-
- Ludo All Star- Play Online Ludo Game & Board Games
- Bike Racing : Moto Traffic Rider Bike Racing Games
- Rangers Of Oblivion : Online Action MMO RPG Game
- Z Camera – Photo Editor, Beauty Selfie, Collage
- GO SMS Pro – Messenger, Free Themes, Emoji
- U-Dictionary: Oxford Dictionary Free Now Translate
- Ulike – Define your selfie in trendy style
- Tantan – Date For Real
- MICO Chat: New Friends Banaen aur Live Chat karen
- Kitty Live – Live Streaming & Video Live Chat
- Malay Social Dating App to Date & Meet Singles
- Mobile Taobao
- Road of Kings- Endless Glory
- Sina News
- Netease News
- Penguin FM
- Murderous Pursuits
- Tencent Watchlist (Tencent Technology
- Learn Chinese AI-Super Chinese
- HUYA LIVE – Game Live Stream
- Little Q Album
- Fighting Landlords – Free and happy Fighting Landlords
- Hi Meitu
- Mobile Legends: Pocket
- VPN for TikTok
- Penguin E-sports Live assistant
- Buy Cars-offer everything you need, special offers and low prices
- Beauty Camera Plus – Sweet Camera & Face Selfie
- Parallel Space Lite – Dual App
- “Chief Almighty: First Thunder BC
- MARVEL Super War NetEase Games
- AFK Arena
- Creative Destruction NetEase Games
- Crusaders of Light NetEase Games
- Mafia City Yotta Games
- Onmyoji NetEase Games
- Ride Out Heroes NetEase Games
- Yimeng Jianghu-Chu Liuxiang has been fully upgraded
- Legend: Rising Empire NetEase Games
- Arena of Valor: 5v5 Arena Games
- Soul Hunters
- Rules of Survival
Why were these Apps Banned by the Government?
This decision was taken in the view of data security concerns after fresh tensions took place between India and China in the border area in eastern Ladakh. What’s more, the government made it clear as to why it took action on these mobile phone apps, said in the following statement:
“The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures.”
Hence the gist of why, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology banned these apps by invoking its power under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act.
Ok, now we know the reason, but the main question still remains as to whether the banning caused an impact, well this is what you’ll learn next. So, let’s read further…….
The Indian government’s decision to ban 118 Chinese mobile apps did meet its impact, notably seen in the popular gaming app PUBG Mobile, causing heavy financial costs to game’s developer Tencent.
It is the second-largest market capitalization loss for Tencent since the company lost $66 billion last month in market capitalization following a ban on WeChat and another $ 6 B loss after the ban of TikTok on June 2. The Chinese corporation now has $34 billion in market value (in 2 days), since the declaration.
Additionally, the application has been dropped from the digital distribution services such as the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.
Although the latter is now unavailable for the gamers to utilise, there is this impending cause in unnecessary deaths of individuals due to the growth in reminiscence, addiction as well.
However, it can be thwarted, if you consider emphasizing on gaming as a whole, instead of one sole game. It does not necessarily have to mean that this is the end of life.
Have positivity. Rather than taking drastic measures, prevent anxiousness, depression, and other mental signs by not doing the following:
- Thinking about gaming all or a lot of the time
- Feeling bad when you can’t play
- Needing to spend more and more time playing to feel good
- Lying to people close to you about how much time you spend playing
- Using gaming to ease bad moods and feelings
Will the App make a Comeback?
Whether the app will make a comeback in India or not, only the company or the government can confirm.
However, there is a Good News that can be particularly delightful for gamers who have been lamenting at the loss of PUBG Mobile, ever since it was banned in India.
So, let’s take a look at the recent statement made by the company so far,
“PUBG Corporation has made the decision to no longer authorize the PUBG MOBILE franchise to Tencent Games in India. Moving forward, PUBG Corporation will take on all publishing responsibilities within the country. As the company explores ways to provide its own PUBG experience for India in the near future, it is committed to doing so by sustaining a localized and healthy gameplay environment for its fans.”
You know what this means. The app can possibly make a comeback in India. Considering how its Chinese connection will now be a thing of the past, the Indian Government might consider reinstating it.
The move taken by the Government is for the betterment of sovereignty of Indian cyberspace. This decision will safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. Hope that as app users we will abide by the laws and contribute our support against the unauthorized misuse and theft of user’s data, ensuring privacy.