The government has decided to ban 54 additional apps of Chinese origin highlighting that these apps pose a “threat to India’s security” as the border tension continue. One of the biggest names in this list of banned games is “Garena Free Fire- Illuminate”. This game is a popular alternative to PUBG Mobile.
Apart from Garena Free Fire- Illuminate, the new list of banned apps is said to mostly include clones of apps that were already banned in India since 2020. Some of the apps that were previously banned had re-branded and re-launched in India quietly. With the addition of 54 more banned apps, the list of total apps that are banned by the Indian government app may reach around 324 till now.
The popular Garena Free Fire game had disappeared from both Google Play Store and Apple App Store before the government had announced this ban. While the Illuminate version has got removed earlier itself, the Max version is still there on Google Play Store. It is quite possible that Google take it down too, very soon.
The 54 Chinese apps include Beauty Camera: Sweet Selfie HD, Beauty Camera – Selfie Camera, Equalizer & Bass Booster, CamCard for SalesForce Ent, Isoland 2: Ashes of Time Lite, Viva Video Editor, Tencent Xriver, Onmyoji Chess, Onmyoji Arena, AppLock, Dual Space Lite.— ANI (@ANI) February 14, 2022
The possible reason for the disappearance of Garena Free Fire before the ban was announced by the government could be that PUBG Mobile’s developer Krafton has initiated a huge lawsuit against Garena Free Fire and Garena Free Fire Max. Krafton has also roped in Google and Apple in the lawsuit for distributing these games on their respective app stores.
Here’s the list of apps that are confirmed to be banned by the government
1 Beauty Camera: Sweet Selfie HD
2 Beauty Camera – Selfie Camera
3 Equalizer — Bass Booster & Volume EQ & Virtualizer
4 Music Player- Music,Mp3 Player
5 Equalizer & Bass Booster – Music Volume EQ
6 Music Plus – MP3 Player
7Equalizer Pro – Volume Booster & Bass Booster
8 Video Player Media…