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PUBG is releasing a free-to-play version of the game

Published: 24/Jan/2019 17:04 Updated: 24/Jan/2019 17:09

by Matt Porter

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is one of the most popular battle royale games of all time, and now players will have a chance to try the game without paying thanks to the new free-to-play beta, PUBG Lite.

PUBG Corp officially announced the new beta version of the game on Thursday, January 24th, stating that they wanted PUBG available to people “who were previously unable to access the game due to the specification requirements.”

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PUBG Lite came into existence as part of the developer’s goal to make PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds more accessible for everyone, especially for those who own computers that are unable to run the full version of the game.

PUBGVikendi will be added to PUBG Lite in a future update.

The free-to-play version of the game has been under development for some time, with closed tests running in Southeast Asia since October 2018 as the company perfected PUBG Lite.

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PUBG Lite’s beta only features one map at launch, the classic Erangel, but PUBG Corp have stated that they will be supporting the free-to-play edition of the game in future, promising additional game modes will be added in the future, alongside popular snow map Vikendi.

The developers have also released the minimum and recommended computer specifications for PUBG Lite, which you can view below.

Minimum and recommended specs for PUBG Lite.

While PUBG Corp hope that the new version of the game will attract those who would like to play but don’t have the hardware to do so, it’s likely that they are also aiming at players who haven’t purchased the game but would like to give it a shot before spending their hard earned cash.

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With PUBG available on a number of other platforms such as Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and on mobile devices, it makes sense that PUBG would like to offer a free version in an attempt to hook players to the battle royale title.

The beta was originally released in Thailand, but PUBG Corp have confirmed that it will be released in more countries in the near future.

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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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