Few hours after PUBG Corporation pulled the plug on PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite in India, it announced that it was merging with parent company Krafton on December 2, 2020. PUBG Corp also said they will retain all the data and personal information of the players.
This has again made gamers and fans hopeful of the game’s comeback as it signifies a total break-up between PUBG Corporation and Tencent Games. Also, Krafton’s confirmation that it’ll take over all the in-game data and player’s personal data from Tencent has players hoping that they’ll get their gaming accounts back, which, some had spent thousands or even lakhs of rupees on.
“I think PUBG will come but it is up to the government’s actions. If they again reject PUBG’s proposal, then no one can do anything. But if it comes back, the relaunch will be epic,” said Abhishek Thakur, a gamer.
This was not the first sign of PUBG’s revival in India. The company had posted a job opening on LinkedIn for a Corporate Development Division Manager on behalf of Krafton on October 20, 2020. It was also in talks with Bharti Airtel for the distribution rights of the game in India, according to a report by Entrackr.
“eSports is bigger than what it was one or two years back. Once PUBG comes back, the popularity of PUBG YouTube streamers will increase. This will ensure the growth path of eSports, paved by PUBG, will get even more support,” added Thakur.