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How to get PUBG for free on Xbox One

Published: 7/Nov/2018 14:29

by Calum Patterson

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Popular battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is now free to download in full on Xbox One and Xbox One X, but only for a limited time.

Following the (unconfirmed) news that PUBG will be making its way to PS4 in December, and with Xbox’s XO18 event coming up on Saturday, November 10, the game is now free on Xbox.

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Typically $29.99 (£24.99), now is definitely the time to download the game if you are an Xbox player who was tempted but never pulled the trigger when it first released on the console last year.

PUBG on Xbox was officially marked as a full release on September 4, coinciding with the 1.0 game update, having been initially made available in December 2017 as an early release of sorts.

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Strangely, there has been no official announcement from PUBG or Xbox yet that the game is free to download, however if you head over to the Xbox store (US / UK), you will see the game is listed as free for a limited time.

Xbox did promise “big PUBG news” at the upcoming XO18 event, so there is a good chance that this free promotion has something to with the announcements lined up.

Don’t miss your chance to get PUBG absolutely free on Xbox.

This could be an attempt from PUBG to keep pace with the ever more saturated BR market, which they were once leaders of. Fortnite is of course already entirely free-to-play, and while Call of Duty’s Blackout comes with a $60 full game, it is not console exclusive and many argue runs better.

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However, this promotion might not have as much to do with PUBG as it does Xbox, as PUBG isn’t the only game which has gone free – PES 2019 is also listed on the Xbox store as free for limited time.

PUBG and Xbox fans will have to wait until Saturday, November 10, to hear what is planned and how long this free promotion will run.

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PUBG Mobile banned in India alongside 100+ China-linked apps

Published: 2/Sep/2020 13:35 Updated: 2/Sep/2020 13:43

by Calum Patterson

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The Indian government has banned PUBG Mobile, one of the most popular mobile games in the country, along with over 100 more apps with links to Chinese publishers.

PUBG Mobile has a touchy history in India specifically. Countless news reports of teens becoming incredibly addicted to the game have filled Indian media for over two year. The game has been blamed for bad exam results, and in some extreme stories, death.

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The controversy around PUBG Mobile in India has prompted calls for the government to ban it in the past, by a student association worried about its effect on education.

On September 2, India’s Interior Ministry banned the game, along with 118 other apps, citing concerns around cybersecurity, as tensions with China rise.

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PUBG Mobile was one of the most popular games on iOS and Android in India.

They said the apps were “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, Defence of India, Security of State and Public Order.”

The move follows India’s previous bans of other Chinese social media apps, including TikTok.

In a statement, the Indian government said: “The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside 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.”

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Other banned apps, via TechCrunch, include Baidu, WeChat Work, Tencent Weiyun, Rise of Kingdoms, APUS Launcher, Tencent Weiyun, VPN for TikTok, Mobile Taobao, Youko, Sina News and CamCard.

PUBG Mobile is notable though, because of how wildly popular it was in the country. In March 2019, police actually arrested ten students who were playing the game because the game had been banned in that specific region.

“Our team caught these youths red-handed. They were taken into custody after they were found playing the PUBG game,” said Police inspector Rohit Raval at the time.

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