India Banned the collection of Chines Apps including game PUBG search giant BAIDU
India has banned another collection of Chinese apps, including the mobile version of popular game PUBG, as tensions between the two countries rise again over the uncertain region along their shared border.
The country’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology announced Wednesday that it would block 118 additional apps that “are engaged in activities which prejudicial to dominion and reliability of India, defense of India, the security of the state and public order.
The list also contains Chinese search giant Baidu (BIDU) and Alipay, the mobile payment app from Ant Group, the financial affiliate of Jack Ma’s Alibaba (BABA).
India had already blocked the use of TikTok, the short video occurrence from ByteDance, and scores of other apps in recent months. The list on Wednesday included two apps named “VPN for Tik Tok,” which appear to be intended to skirt the restrictions.
The decision to bar Tencent’s (TCEHY) mobile game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, or PUBG, could be especially disorderly.
PUBG is a top mobile game by monthly active users in India last year, according to analytics firm AppAnnie. In the first half of this year, PUBG was downloaded more than 54 million times in India and saw $15.2 million in buyer spending from across the country’s App Store and Google Play, according to analytics firm Sensor Tower.
Tencent and Ant Group did not instantly respond to requests for comment Thursday on this story. Baidu declined to comment.