FAUG Game: Made-In-India Alternative of PUBG Might Be Releasing in October 2020.
Two days after the government announced a decision to block PUBG MOBILE, along with over 100 Chinese apps amid renewed tension at the border, a home-grown competitor called FAU-G was unveiled by Bollywood star Akshay Kumar.
FAU-G is short for Fearless and United-Guards and has pledged to donate 20 per cent of its revenue to the government’s fund for paramilitary forces called Bharat Ke Veer set up after the 2019 Pulwama terror attack.
nCore games is launched in the wake of the coronavirus crisis dubbed “Atmanirbhar Bharat”.
Supporting PM @narendramodi’s AtmaNirbhar movement, proud to present an action game,Fearless And United-Guards FAU-G. Besides entertainment, players will also learn about the sacrifices of our soldiers. 20% of the net revenue generated will be donated to @BharatKeVeer Trust #FAUG pic.twitter.com/Q1HLFB5hPt— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) September 4, 2020
Congress leader Milind Deora promoted the venture as well.
Barely two days after we banned #PUBG, my good friend @vishalgondal announces the launch of an Indian online multiplayer game.— Milind Deora मिलिंद देवरा (@milinddeora) September 4, 2020
Vishal sold his erstwhile gaming business to @Disney for $100mn in 2012 & currently runs @GOQii.
More power to India’s talented young entrepreneurs! pic.twitter.com/AgGdVSDb3i
Many on social media noted the timing of the announcement that came close on the heels of the government’s ban on PUBG MOBILE, developed by Chinese gaming and social media group Tencent, that ranks among the world’s top five smartphone games with over 700 million downloads.
About FAUG Game
“This game was in the works for some months… The first level of the game is based on Galwan Valley,” Mr Gondal told news agency Reuters, referring the deadly clash in Ladakh in June that left 20 Indian soldiers dead and the Chinese also suffered an unspecified number of casualties.FAU-G will be launched by the end of October, he said.
Akshay Kumar also helped with the concept of the game, according to Mr Gondal.”He came up with the title of the game, FAUG game (a play on the Hindi word for soldier, ‘fauji’),” Mr Gondal said, adding that he expected to win 200 million users in a year.
While existing users may still be able to play PUBG on their devices, it has vanished from most mobile marketplaces. According to reports, there are close to 50 million active PUBG players in India and the game clocks in some 13 million daily users.
In response to the ban triggered by fresh Chinese provocation in Ladakh and presented as one in the interest of India’s sovereignty and integrity, defence and security, Tencent said earlier on Thursday that it takes the protection of user privacy and data seriously. The company said it would engage with Indian authorities to ensure the continued availability of its apps in India.
According to the IT Ministry, the PUBG MOBILE and the other 117 apps were “engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order”. The ban followed a similar one on 59 mobile apps including Bytedance’s TikTok, Alibaba’s UC Browser and Tencent’s WeChat in June.
PUBG or PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds features a Hunger Games-style competition in which 100 players face off with automatic weapons until there is only one left. Tencent introduced a stripped-down mobile version, which had the game skyrocketing, especially in the time of the coronavirus lockdown.
What To Expect From First Episode Of FAU-G
FAUG game’s first episode will be based on the Galwan Valley incident; the game is aiming to educate players about the crucial incidents of our country. The game will mirror the actual incident to show the scenarios faced by the Indian soldiers. Moreover, 20 per cent of the revenue earned by the game will be donated to BharatKeVeer trust. So far we have only this much information about the upcoming games.
We are looking forward to receiving more information about the game as we move closer to the launch.
FauG Game APK will be available to download in October.