PUBG hints at India return with Microsoft Azure deal

Krafton Inc., the South Korean company that owns PUBG Corp., has signed an agreement with Microsoft that will allow the parent of PUBG to host the game on the cloud platform of Microsoft Azure.

The agreement enables Krafton to host, in addition to PUBG Mobile, products directly operated by the company and its subsidiaries, including PUBG on PCs and consoles, which were banned two months ago in India. PUBG Corp. still holds the rights to the popular mobile game Battle Royale.

“The company will be working with Microsoft to ensure personal data protection through Azure, with privacy and data security being a top priority for Krafton,” the company said in a press release.

“The cooperation will ensure that privacy rights are respected and that all applicable laws and regulations are fully complied with by the relevant software.”

Azure is a cloud computing service from Microsoft that enables game creators to build and run their games on a worldwide scale.

Krafton will also work with the American tech giant to introduce a verification process to ensure that all appropriate requirements in all territories are met by the storage of its players’ personally identifiable information.

While reports suggest that with such cloud deals, PUBG Mobile is planning a return to India, others suggest that data security and Chinese ownership were only part of why the app was banned.

A TechCrunch report noted that PUBG Corp. has informed some streamers privately that it expects the game to return to the country by the end of the year. Some streamers expect an official announcement as early as Diwali about the return.

In addition, Krafton has been working on rebranding the game to get around the ban from the government. Earlier, the game developer said that before the ban, it had localized its Indian servers.

While the game was banned from the Google Play and App Store, before PUBG terminated all its service and access for users in India, it was operational in India until last month.

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