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PUBG creator PLAYERUNKNOWN leaves development team to start “entirely new” project

Published: 13/Mar/2019 15:58 Updated: 13/Mar/2019 16:47

by Paul Cot

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Brendan Greene, known as “Player Unknown”, has announced he will be heading up the PUBG Special Projects team. The new PUBG team will be based in Amsterdam.

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In a lengthy Twitter post from his personal account, Greene explained what’s next for him, “Today, I’m excited to announce that my new day-to-day focus will be heading up a new division of PUBG Corp: PUBG Special Projects.”

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The new division’s purpose is to focus on research and game development. More specifically he stated, “We are tasked with exploring, experimenting, and creating new technologies, tools, pipelines, and gameplay.”

While he will remain as a consulting director on PUBG, development will now be lead by Taeseok Jang. Jang was previously the Player Unknown Battlegrounds’ Art Director.

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What’s next for PUBG?

Other than the details Greene has given in the Twitter post, his new role and how that will affect PUBG going forward, isn’t clear. He did say that the PUBG development team have some great things planned for this year.

Whether that is an increase in performance, as PUBG fans continue to clamor for, new features or something else entirely, remains to be seen.

It also isn’t clear how the PUBG Special Projects team will differentiate from the existing development team.

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However, by the words used in the post, it sounds like Greene’s team are tasked with developing new technologies that could be incorporated into PUBG. Conversely, Jang’s development will focus on the existing PUBG architecture.

Reaction to Player Unknown’s announcement

Greene has been criticized in the past for what PUBG fans perceive as his work resulting in buggy and unstable performance. Dr Disrespect was one of the most vocal when it came to Greene’s influence on PUBG.

Since his announcement though, PUBG fans have been thankful for his work in bringing the battle royale genre to the forefront of gaming.

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Reactions ranged from wishing him luck in his new role to acknowledging the work he has done for battle royale games.

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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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