India has gone further and further on the road to take advantage of China’s technology industry.
On the evening of September 2, the Indian government once again waved the banning stick, announcing the ban of 118 Chinese apps including “PUBG Mobile”; counting the previous two times, the Indian government has brutally blocked 224 Chinese apps.
Interestingly, Chinese apps were blocked before, and Indians were mostly gloating under the influence of populism, and some even launched apps like Remove China App.
But this time, “PUBG Mobile” was blocked, and it really hurt its Indian players.
In fact, while the Indian government is using a knife against Chinese apps, it is difficult for itself – what’s more, in the more critical Indian smartphone market, India is really inseparable from Chinese manufacturers.
Banned by Indian government in the name of “national security”
There is an old saying in China: If you want to add a crime, there is no excuse.
Today, the Indian government is practicing this sentence.
In its decree announced on September 2, 118 Chinese apps were brutally blocked, including Tencent’s corporate WeChat, government WeChat, Tencent Conference, WeChat reading, and games such as “PUBG Mobile” (PUBG for short), etc. Including Taobao, Youku and Alipay from Ali, NetEase News and games such as “Onmyoji” and “Rise of Empire” under NetEase…
Of course, well-known apps such as Business Card Almighty King, Baidu, and Sina News are also involved.
So, what is the reason given by the Indian government?
According to the announcement issued by the Indian government, the reason for the blocking of these 118 apps is: suspected of participating in activities that endanger India’s sovereignty and (territorial) integrity, India’s national defense, national security and public order.
Yes, you heard that right – the Indian government believes that Indian users are a threat to national security by playing PUBG.
The Indian government also stated that its relevant departments have received multiple complaints from various sources that the above-mentioned apps steal user data in an unauthorized manner and surreptitiously transmit it to servers outside India; The excavation and analysis of hostile factors in security and defense will ultimately affect the sovereignty and integrity of India.
The Indian government said: “This is a very deep and urgent issue that requires urgent measures.
“Jedi Survival” was blocked, Indian players are not happy
Among the 118 Chinese apps blocked by the Indian government, the mobile game “PUBG Mobile” is the one that has received the most attention from the Indian media.
Why “PUBG Mobile”?
Because it is one of the favorite mobile games of Indian users.
It is understood that the downloads of “PUBG” successfully ranked among the top three in the period from March to May this year, and in June and July, “PUBG” ranked fifth in the list of the most popular games.
Data from Sensor Tower shows that so far, the total download volume of PUBG is 734 million, of which the download volume from India is 175 million, accounting for 24% of the total download volume, ranking first; the proportion of download volume in China 16.7%, ranking second; the third place is the United States, accounting for 6.4%.
However, in terms of revenue, in the first half of 2020, the total profit of PUBG (including Peace Elite) reached 1.3 billion US dollars, of which 52% of the profits came from China, ranking first; the United States accounted for 14%, and Japan accounted for 14%. was 5.6%.
In contrast, the Indian market, which has the world’s largest download volume, only contributed 0.17% of the profit to “PUBG Mobile” – which shows how many so-called “white prostitutes” users who only play games and never pay.
In other words, this time “PUBG Mobile” was blocked by the Indian government, Tencent will indeed lose 24% of Indian users, but the loss of profit is only 0.17%.
But at the same time, for the over 100 million “PUBG Mobile” players, it is not a joy to have this game blocked. The Indian media India Times reported that:
It’s a sad day for those PUBG mobile players who have struggled to level up and have leveled up in the game, while some players have also started their own streaming channels to entertain audiences with their PUBG games.
Some netizens also commented:
This move loses a thousand, and kills almost zero.
On Twitter, many Indian “PUBG Mobile” players expressed their sadness that the game was banned. The style of painting is as follows:
In any case, whether it is PUBG or other apps, the result of being blocked is of course a harm to Chinese companies, but it is undoubtedly also a harm to Indian users-the so-called harming others is not good for themselves.
But the Indian government still decided to go its own way.
Indian technology industry is still inseparable from Chinese companies
Behind the Indian government’s blocking of Chinese apps, in addition to the consideration of Sino-Indian relations, there is also a background: India’s domestic economy is very bad.
Of course, this is affected by the new crown pneumonia epidemic.
In fact, according to the latest data released by the Reserve Bank of India on August 31, its gross national product (GDP) shrank by 23.9% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2020; this is the first negative growth since India began to publish quarterly economic data in 1996, and also This makes India the worst performing major economy in Asia.
At the same time, the current epidemic situation in India is also very serious. According to the latest data, the cumulative number of infected people in India has exceeded 3.7 million, and the death toll has reached 66,000. The number of single-day epidemic growth continues to skyrocket.
Therefore, the Indian government has once again blocked Chinese apps, which inevitably has the suspicion of diverting domestic conflicts.
However, despite the Indian government’s targeting of China, it has not been able to completely leave Chinese companies at least in the field of technology – especially in the field of smartphones.
According to a report released by market research agency IDC, in the second quarter of 2020, India’s smartphone shipments were 18.2 million units, down 50.6% year-on-year; four of the top five came from China, namely Xiaomi, vivo, Realme and OPPO, the combined shipments of these four companies are 12.2 million units, accounting for more than two-thirds.
It is worth mentioning that, according to the report data of Counterpoint, another market research organization, in the Indian high-end smartphone market (with a price of more than 2,800 yuan), the Chinese brand OnePlus occupies the top spot with a 29% share, surpassing Samsung and Apple. One plus 8 became the best-selling model in Q2 in this market.
Therefore, although there have been rumors that many Indians have been boycotted, at present, based on the dependence of the Indian smartphone market on Chinese products, Chinese smartphone manufacturers are currently safe in India.
my country’s Ministry of Commerce responded: firmly opposed
It is worth mentioning that my country’s Ministry of Commerce also expressed serious concern and firm opposition on September 3 to the Indian government’s blockade of 118 Chinese apps.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Commerce stated:
The Indian side has abused the concept of “national security” and adopted discriminatory restrictive measures against Chinese companies, violating relevant WTO rules. The Chinese government has always required Chinese overseas enterprises to abide by international rules and operate in compliance with laws and regulations. The relevant actions of the Indian side not only harm the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese investors and service providers, but also harm the interests of Indian consumers and the investment environment of India as an open economy.
The spokesman said: China urges India to correct its wrongdoing.
At present, the attitude of the Indian government is still relatively unreasonable, and the road to India for Chinese technology companies to go overseas may not be smoother in the future, but for the Indian people, this repeated and repeated ban is probably also Not a good thing.
And history is once again witnessed by time.