PUBG Mobile Kr to stop functioning outside of Japan and Korea, big blow for Indian gamers

PUBG Mobile has announced that from June-July 2021, the game will not be accessible to players outside of South Korea or Japan.

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PUBG Mobile has been out of bounds for Indian gamers since September 2020. In its absence, many gamers have found ways to bypass the ban. One of the ways has been to play the Korean version of PUBG Mobile Kr developed by Krafton Inc. However, in a major blow, PUBG Mobile has stated that from June 2021, PUBG Mobile Kr will not be available to gamers outside of the region of South Korea or Japan.

In an official post, it stated, “From 2021/05/01, users out of Korea or Japan who log in with KRJP build accounts cannot settle the payment in KRJP build. This application and this service will be used only from Japan and the Republic of Korea. We shall be able to determine your area of use by any reasonable method, such as your IP address. From 2021/05/01, users out of Korea or Japan who log in with KRJP build account might find network troubles. From 2021/06/30, users out of Korea or Japan who log in with KRJP build account cannot log in anymore.”

In this period, an addition of a new clause was made in the Terms and Conditions under the Prohibitions and Disclaimers section. PUBG Mobile Kr was immensely popular among Indian gamers for the wide range of items available. This development is a huge setback for streamers and Youtubers who shifted to the Korean version. Restrictions on the Korean version will only make the conditions bad for players who made that shift.

No respite for PUBG Mobile

With the Government of India stating that the ban on PUBG Mobile India will not be lifted, this latest development is a massive blow. PUBG Mobile was banned in India in September 2020 due to tensions with China over the Galwan Valley issue.

PUBG Mobile had teased a launch around New Year in 2020. But, that was soon jolted with an RTI query stating that the Government of India will not give preferential treatment to PUBG Mobile. The game tried launching around March 2021 but that has now been stalled. The Government of India is also mulling a permanent ban on various apps, including TikTok.

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