Although PUBG Mobile has been officially announced to be banned in India, there are a couple of ways to access the game. The PUBG Korea version can be download and installed to access the game. Here is how.
Both PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite have now been added to the list of banned apps in India. Games like Knives Out and Rules of Survival along with Life After are also in the list of a 118 banned apps in India.
However, the games are still available on the Play Store but not for very long, we assume. As soon as the ban is implemented, the games will be removed from the Google Play Store in India.
This has led to hardcore players of the game to wonder if there are other workarounds this situation. Luckily, there is for now. The PUBG Mobile Korea version can be download and installed to play the game after the ban.
PUBG Mobile Korea Version
The Korean version of PUBG has a variety of skins and outfits that sets it apart from the global version. Furthermore, the Korean version of the game gets updates faster than the global version.
Additionally, the PUBG Korea version also has a unique ‘Donkatsu Medal’ currency that can be used to open exclusive crates. There are also a variety of other exclusive events in the Korean version of the incredibly popular game.
The Korean version of the game is only available in the Google Play Stores of Korea and Japan. Therefore, it is not technically available for other regions. However, there is a catch. You can still download this version of the game and play it.
Steps To Download And Install The Korean Version
#1: Download the apk of the PUBG Mobile Korea version from ApkPure, uptodown, etc.
#2: The game file comes in a .xapk format. Download this .xapk file.
#3: Rename this downloaded file with the extension as ‘.zip’.
#4: After this, extract the file and install the apk.
#5: After the installation, do not open the app. Instead, copy the OBB files to this location -‘Android/OBB/com.pubg.krmobile’.
#6: You can now start the game and then, allow the storage permissions.
#7: It will take a few moments to read and load the data files. After that, select an account. However, do not select the account to which your main PUBG account is linked.
#8: You can now successfully play the game.
This will be very useful for desperate players wanting to look for solutions to this crisis situation at hand. Also, as it will most probably be a blanket ban, VPNs will not be useful in bypassing it. That leaves players with either purchasing the expensive pc and console versions of the game or downloading the above mentioned apk. However, players can also download and enjoy the PUBG Lite PC version which is free to play.
Is PUBG Mobile going to make a comeback to India?
After PUBG Corporation announced that it is revoking Tencent Games’ publishing rights for PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite in India, it was presumed that this will address the Indian government’s security concerns.
However, the government after that announced that it is not enough and the country is not thinking of allowing the game back into the country.
Soon after this, a new report by Hindu BusinessLine stated that the company is in talks with Reliance Jio to strike up a partnership for the game in India. The report stated that both the companies were in the final stages of negotiations.
But soon after, a new report by Entrackr stating that PUBG Corporation is looking to partner with Bharti Airtel for the games to make a comeback to India.
As of now, the company has not officially stated if it is in talks with Indian companies like Airtel or Jio. However, considering the market size, we can expect the company to try each and every way to try and get back into the market.
Is PUBG Mobile Chinese?
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has been developed by the PUBG Corporation under Krafton Inc, which was earlier called Bluehole Inc. The game’s distribution license was acquired by Tencent Games for China.
After acquiring the China distribution rights, Tencent Games started porting the game to mobile. After the game was ported, Tencent was given global distribution rights, considering it built up the game from scratch for mobile.
However, the ownership of the game remained in the hands of the PUBG Corporation.
But, keep in mind, that the PUBG Corporation’s parent company, Krafton is now majorly owned by Tencent, as it has become the majority shareholder in the company.
Can you run PUBG Mobile in India using some trick?
Even though the games are banned in India, it is not the case in many other countries like Indonesia, the US, Australia and more. This means that there are multiple other servers you can connect to and play the game.
However, to do that you will have to utilize a VPN service to mask your IP address and use a masked IP address of the country you want to access the servers of.
Turning on a VPN and connecting to the PUBG Mobile servers of another country will definitely let you play the game, however, this is not completely legal and is not recommended by us.
Additionally, utilising a VPN connection will throttle the connection speeds, thus giving you a not so apt gaming experience.
Is there a legal way to play PUBG in India?
You currently cannot play PUBG Mobile or PUBG Mobile Lite legally in India. However, you can play PUBG PC, PUBG PS4 and PUBG Xbox One in the country as none of these games have been banned by the Indian government. However, keep in mind that none of these games is available for free and cost over Rs 1,000 in India.
What happens to all the money I spent on PUBG Mobile?
If you spent any money on PUBG Mobile, Tencent Games will not be returning it. However, if you recently did spend money using the Google Play Store payments system on a recent purchase, you can try and raise a complaint on the Play Store regarding the payment, and if they find it legitimate, they will return the money to your original form of payment.
Any good competitors?
Now that PUBG Mobile is gone from India, players are trying to find a good alternative. And one of the most popular alternatives is Call of Duty: Mobile, which has surged a lot in popularity since the PUBG Mobile ban.
The game is owned by Activision and brings a lot of elements from the popular legacy of Call of Duty games. However, keep in mind, that this game is also developed and distributed by Tencent Games, globally.
There are also other alternatives like Garena’s FreeFire, that you can download and play. You can also wait for the upcoming, FAU-G from an Indian game development studio. However, from the look at its recent trailer, I would rather recommend that you stick to other games.