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Shroud claims adding bots will actually improve PUBG

Published: 15/May/2020 12:30 Updated: 18/May/2020 12:42

by Connor Bennett

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Streaming star Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek has explained why adding bots to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds would actually be a positive for players and 

Before the boom of Fortnite and Apex Legends, the battle royale marker belonged to games like H1Z1 and PUBG. Players flooded to the two titles for matches, before many just stuck to PUBG for a more realistic experience.

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As time has gone on, and battle royale titles have become much more polished, the title has been left behind somewhat – with PUBG Corp having to get creative with their future plans. One rumored idea is the introduction of bots, and while some fans won’t get excited by that idea, Shroud believes it could be a positive. 

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PUBG has been slowly overtaken by competitors such as Fortnite, Apex Legends, and Warzone.

“I don’t think adding bots isn’t that bad, personally. I think it helps with queue times and it helps circulate the loot so that the bots could technically bring loot to you, so, it keeps it going better,” Shroud said on a recent stream.

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While Justin ‘Just9n’ Ortiz and others debated the fact that you’d be killing a handful of bots, Shroud added that he wouldn’t be worried about killing a tonne of them because there wouldn’t be all that many in-game anyway. 

“If it’s done right then you only get a couple each,” the former Counter-Strike pro added, noting that he doesn’t think they’d copy PUBG Mobile and pretty much fill the lobby with computer bots. 

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Now, obviously, bots have been used in other battle royales to populate the lobbies – with Fortnite having varying degrees of success with them – so it wouldn’t be a ground-breaking move from PUBG Corp.

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Whether or not they will just add a few bots in each game to populate a section of the lobby, as Shroud says, or they will turn it into a handful of real players versus a lobby of bots like PUBG Mobile, very much remains to be seen.

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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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