Reliance Jio’s Call Of Duty partnership kicks off post-PUBG era in Indian Esports

Jio’s recent collaboration with Qualcomm has started with Call of Duty Mobile Aces Esports Challenge, a battle royale single-stage tournament starting April 1, 2021, with no registration fee and open to both Jio and non-Jio users. The tournament has a prize pool of INR 3.6 Lakh.

In the recent partnership between Jio and Qualcomm for esports comes at a time when hopes of the return of popular battle royale esports title PUBG Mobile to India appear bleaker than ever. For the uninitiated, PUBG Mobile was banned in India last year, along with over 250 other Chinese apps, amid border skirmishes between the armies of India and China in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley.

While PUBG’s intellectual property is owned by South Korea-based Krafton, the game’s mobile version was being distributed in India by Chinese tech company Tencent Games, which brought it under the Indian government’s radar. Days after the ban on PUBG Mobile, the game’s parent company PUBG Corporation severed its ties with Tencent for the game’s distribution in India.

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