Saturday, September 5, 2020

Battle Royale games war between China and India: After PUBG ban, FAU-G is now born

India announced on Friday the launch of FAU-G, a native alternative to the popular Chinese mobile action game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG), banned two days ago by the Indian government along with 117 other Chinese applications amid border tension.

The game “Guards Brave and United” (FAU-G), will be distributed by the company based in the southern city of Bangalore nCore Games, which proclaims itself “the leading distributor of mobile games in India ”.

FAU-G's announcement comes two days after the Indian Government decided to add to the list of blocked Chinese mobile applications (59 in June, including the well-known TikTok, and 47 in July, mostly clones of the former) another 118, mostly from China, as border tension continued.
Among the prohibited applications was the game Player Unknown's Battlegrounds, developed by the Chinese digital giant Tencent and which until then had its main market in India with 175 million downloads, according to data from the specialized consultancy Sensor Tower.

Now, the businessman Vishal Gondal, advisor and investor of nCore Games announced on his Twitter account, the company "is proud to announce the action game Fearless And United-Guards, FAU-G", of whose net income 20% is will donate to a trust for the benefit of Indian soldiers created by the Government.

The actor and film producer from the powerful Bollywood film industry Akshay Kumar, who will mentor the video game and has more than 38 million followers on Twitter, explained that “in addition to entertainment, players will also learn about the sacrifices of our soldiers ”.

The news of the realization of the game has been widely celebrated by users on social networks, although no specific date of distribution has transpired, nor whether it will be limited to mobile devices or if it will have other versions.

The FAU-G announcement is articulated within the campaign for a "self-sufficient India", promoted by the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and comes on a day in which New Delhi and Beijing try to smooth things over to avoid escalation of their border clashes.

India this week accused the Chinese Army of further "provocations" over the weekend and Monday at the border, while a Chinese spokesman called on New Delhi to "immediately" withdraw "troops who illegally crossed" the border.

This new crisis comes after the worst incident of its kind in 45 years in the western Himalayas on June 15, in which at least 20 Indian soldiers died and 76 were injured. China, for its part, reported no casualties.