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PUBG forced to remove new vehicle from Patch #25

Published: 30/Jan/2019 16:46 Updated: 30/Jan/2019 16:52

by David Purcell

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PUBG has announced that the Snowbike has been removed from the game’s latest update with immediate effect. 

The Snowbike survived just six days on the PC version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, after being added as part of the game’s 25th patch which went live on January 24. 

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Its removal was revealed by the game’s social media support team, who say that it has now been pulled from active servers after causing several “critical” but unnamed gameplay issues. 

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PUBG issued a statement to members of the game’s community who play on PC, apologizing for the sudden change. 

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“Due to critical issues negatively impacting gameplay, we’ve made the difficult decision of removing the Snowbike from Update #25,” the statement reads. 

“The Snowbike won’t be added to live servers until these issues are resolved. We apologize for any disappointment caused.” 

Exact details surrounding the “critical” gameplay issues haven’t been revealed by the game’s developer at the time of writing. 

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While you might not be able to find the Snowbike in PUBG anymore, it wasn’t the only new feature to be added to the PC version PUBG in the #25 patch. 

A brand new night mode was introduced, allowing players to battle under the moonlight, and a new submachine gun – the Bizon – is also now available to use. 

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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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