Recently the government of India announced a ban on 118 Chinese applications, among which was PUBG Mobile. Before that, 59 Chinese applications were banned. Recent data published by Sensor Tower, showed that after the ban PUBG Mobile increased popularity of other games.
The three most downloadable applications in India after the ban (both for iOS, and for Android) are:
- Garena Free Fire;
- Ludo King;
- Call of Duty: Mobile.
The data refer to downloads for a four-day period from 2 to 5 September, and for this short period the number of downloads Garena reached 2.1 million, and Ludo King – 1.52 million downloads. And although Call of Duty: Mobile has only been downloaded 1.15 million times during this period, the game has been downloaded 1.56 million times in the last 30 days and ranked first in the Apple App Store.
Garena Free Fire is a game in the genre of “Royal Battle” developed by a company from Singapore (Sea Ltd), Call of Duty is a joint development of Tencent Tianmei Studios and Activision Blizzard, and Ludo King is a virtual board game.
In terms of income the most profitable mobile game in this period was Call of Duty: Mobile, followed by Garena Free Fire. The five most profitable mobile games are Gardenscapes, Candy Crush Saga and Coin Master.
Yesterday PUBG Corporation has published an official statement concerning the ban of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile in India. The game’s creators have taken away Tencent’s publishing rights and are trying to get approval from the Indian government to return PUBG to Google Play and App Store.
Against the background of the game ban in India, there were reports of at least two suicides because of the inability to continue to play in PUBG.