Days after India’s Ministry of Electronics and IT blocked 118 Chinese apps including PUBG, Akshay Kumar unveiled India is getting its version of the game, named ‘FAUG.
PUBG banned in India
Given the escalating diplomatic tensions between India and China over the Galwan Valley and border trespassing, India’s Ministry of Electronics and IT ordered the ban of PUBG and 117 Chinese-owned apps, in addition to blocking 106 apps in the recent months. The Ministry says they’ve made this move in an effort to “safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users,” and to “ensure safety, security and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace.”
Some notable apps blocked include WeChat, UC Browser, ShareIT and CamScanner.
“The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, Ministry of Home Affairs has also sent an exhaustive recommendation for blocking these malicious apps. Likewise, there have been similar bipartisan concerns, flagged by various public representatives, both outside and inside the Parliament of India. There has been a strong chorus in the public space to take strict action against Apps that harm India’s sovereignty as well as the privacy of our citizens.”Ministry of Electronics and IT
PUBG-inspired ‘FAUG’ game releasing in India
Yesterday, Akshay Kumar shared a poster of the upcoming ‘FAUG’ app, an abbreviation for “Fearless And United-Guards,” developed by India’s leading mobile games publisher, nCORE Games. He says the battle royale game will teach gamers about “the sacrifices of our soldiers” and 20% of its net revenues will be donated to the Bharat Ke Veer trust.
Vishal Gondal from the nCORE Games team says they’ve developed the app in line in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Aatmanirbhar’ initiative, an effort to make India a self-reliant country.
(Featured photograph credit: Twitter/Akshay Kumar)