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PUBG Developers Announce the Name for the New Island Map and Dates for Testing

Published: 8/May/2018 14:23 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:50

by Ross Deason


The developers of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) have announced another round of tests for the all-new tropical map and finally chosen a name.

As one of the most played games on Earth, PUBG attempts to constantly add new features, cosmetics, and more in an attempt to keep things interesting for its millions of players around the world.


The developers of PUBG are not about to give up in the fight for battle royale supremacy against Fortnite and they have recently been working a new tropical map which will be half the size of the other two, encouraging faster and more action-packed games.

On May 7th the developers announced that “Codename: Savage” has reached yet another landmark moment in its development and that another round of play testing will begin on May 10th.


That’s not all, though, as they have finally chosen a name for their new project. From now on the island will be known as “Sanhok”, which is a mixture of Thai and Filipino and is pronounced “sah-nok”.

“This new map is inspired by a wide variety of islands across southeast Asia, including those found in Thailand and the Philippines. To reflect that inspiration, we invented a sort of hodgepodge combination of two words:

First, the Thai word for “fun:” สนุก (pronounced like “sah-nook”)

Second, the Filipino (Tagalog) word for “chicken:” manok (pronounced like “mah-nok”)

Combine the two and you get Codename: Savage’s new name: Sanhok (pronounced “sah-nok”).”

Sanhok will be available to play on the Experimental Server and for the first time anyone that owns a copy of PUBG will be able to get their hands on it.

The full schedule for the tests can be found below. Remember to send your feedback to the developers.



THURS May 10, 7pm PDT / FRI May 11, 4am CEST / May 11, 11am KST



MON May 14, 4am PDT / May 14, 1pm CEST / May 14, 8pm KST


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


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.


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.”


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.