- India is examining 275 Chinese apps, including PUBG Mobile, for possible privacy and security violations.
- AliExpress, Resso, and other well-known apps are also on the list.
- It would come after a ban on TikTok and other apps in June.
Economic TimesÂ sources claim the country has written a list of 275 Chinese apps it will study for possible national security and privacy issues, including PUBG Mobile (backed by Chinese tech giant Tencent) and Alibabaâ€™s shopping app AliExpress. More apps from TikTok owner ByteDance are also under scrutiny, such as Resso and ULike, while 14 of Xiaomiâ€™s Mi apps are receiving a close look. Companies with Chinese investments, like Clash of Clans developer Supercell, are also under investigation.
Itâ€™s not certain how likely these bans might be. The Indian government might ban â€œall, some, or noneâ€� of the 275, one of the purported insiders said. The government is said to be developing a formal process for these bans, including a law or regulation that would require constant monitoring of these apps.
A spokesperson for the union home ministry didnâ€™t respond to ETâ€˜s request for comment, although an official from the ministry of electronics and IT said that there was â€œprocess involvedâ€� for any possible ban.
India banned the initial wave of apps following clashes at the Chinese border.
If there was a PUBG Mobile ban, it could land a serious blow to developer PUBG Corporation. India is the largest market for the battle royale hit, according to Sensor Tower, with 175 million installs â€” 24% of the gameâ€™s total download count. While it wouldnâ€™t be the end for PUBG Mobile, it would significantly shrink the audience for a title already facing stiff competition from Fortnite and other popular phone-friendly shooters.