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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is Now Available As a Full Release on Xbox

Published: 4/Sep/2018 16:38 Updated: 4/Sep/2018 17:16

by Matt Porter

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Popular battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has officially released as a full game on Xbox One.

Previously, the game was classed as an Xbox Game Preview, to reflect the fact that the game was technically still in beta. However, an update released on Tuesday, September 4 titled the Full Product Release 1.0 Update officially ended that.

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The update is free to anyone who already owns the Xbox Game Preview version of PUBG, with the full version of the game costing $29.99 for anyone who doesn’t already own it. The game will be available both digitally and as a physical disc in participating retailers.

The update also includes the release of the new Sanhok map on Xbox One. Not included is the War mode, or custom games, as PUBG Corp wants to give players time to fully try each new item.

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Also included in the update is the Sanhok Event Pass. The Event Pass gives players an opportunity to unlock new rewards and challenges for completing missions and levelling up.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was first released as a Game Preview back in December 2017, and players who have supported the game since release on Xbox One will get exclusive character skins to thank them for their support.

With a new map, and the game now in full release, it’s time to pick up your controller and try and get that chicken dinner!

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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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