PUBG Lite is officially shutting down on April 29 and it assumed lack of player interest was the major factor behind the decision.
PUBG Mobile’s woes in India continue. After the Government of India denied permission to PUBG Mobile to launch in the country in March 2021, a further jolt has taken place. PUBG Lite, one of the watered down versions of PUBG Mobile, is shutting down officially on April 29. PUBG Lite was tailor-made for low speed PCs, laptops and mobiles. However, according to a blog post by Krafton Inc, it was announced that PUBG Lite’s website has already been shut down.
“We are deeply grateful for the passion and support from the astounding number of PUBG LITE fans that have been with us. During the strenuous times of the COVID-19 pandemic, we hope that PUBG LITE was able to provide our fans a fun way to stay safe. Unfortunately, we have made the difficult decision to close service after much deliberation and the time has come for our journey to end. We regretfully inform you that the service of PUBG LITE is scheduled to end on April 29th, 2021,” Krafton Inc wrote in a blog post.
Krafton Inc has not given any reason in the post as to why it is shutting down PUBG Lite. However, it is believed that low player interest was the prime reason behind the decision. With the website shutting down, the service of PUBG Lite will end on April 29. On May 29, player support services will also be shut down.
With smartphones now becoming cheaper and with much higher downloading speeds, the sustainability of PUBG Lite was in question. The shutting down of PUBG Lite could also have positive consequences for Krafton Inc. They could effectively use the server space for their new launch in PUBG New State.
What about the status of L-COIN, which is the in-game currency? According to reports, the L-COIN, which is an in-app purchase can continue until the game is terminated. The PUBG Lite Facebook page will also be kept live even after the shutdown of services on May 29. In December 2020, it was announced that L-COIN top-up system would be terminated. There would be several top-up channels available.
PUBG Mobile was banned in in 2020 but the PC version was still available for players. PUBG Lite had over 100 million downloads on Google Play Store.