These games saw a major increase in downloads after PUBG Mobile ban, Garena Free Fire on top

On September 2, 2020, the Indian government’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology banned 118 Chinese apps, including PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite.

The government said that the apps transmitted user data to hostile to national security and defense of India. The Indian government has already banned TikTok, WeChat, and other services earlier this year.

PUBG Mobile was the biggest mobile game in India with over 50 million monthly active players. The mobile version of this game is developed by China’s Tencent Games, while the desktop version of the game is made by South Korea’s Bluehole.



What about the PUBG Mobile users? They are now moving to alternatives, searching for the same gaming experience.

After the ban on PUBG Mobile in the country, other gaming apps such as Garena Free Fire, Ludo King, and Call of Duty,  are gaining an increase in the download numbers.

According to the data published by Sensor Tower (via entrackr), from September 2 to September 5, the top three downloaded games across iOS and Android apps are the Garena Free Fire, Ludo King, and Call of Duty. In gaming categories, these three apps were leading on the Google Play Store in India since September 2.

Garena Free Fire game was developed by Singapore’s Sea Ltd, while the Call of Duty game by the Activision Blizzard, a US tech company. Chinese Tencent used to hold a 5% stake in Activision through its subsidiary TiMi Studios. However, Activision had recently parted ways with Tencent and TiMi.

Read about the top 3 download gainers after the PUBG ban in details below:

1 Garena Free Fire – 2.1 million downloads


Garena Free Fire saw the highest increase in the downloads from India in the first four-day after the ban of PUBG Mobile. It registered more than 2.1 million downloads in just four days.  The game has more than 500 million downloads on Google Play Store.

Download Garena Free Fire from Google Play Store

Download Garena Free Fire from Google Play Store


About Garena Free Fire:

Free Fire is the ultimate survival shooter game available on mobile. Each 10-minute game places you on a remote island where you are pit against 49 other players, all seeking survival. Players freely choose their starting point with their parachute and aim to stay in the safe zone for as long as possible. Drive vehicles to explore the vast map, hide in trenches, or become invisible by proning under grass. Ambush, snipe, survive, there is only one goal: to survive and answer the call of duty.

2 Call of Duty – 1.56 million downloads


After the Garena Free Fire, Call of Duty Mobile saw the highest downloads. The game received 1.56 million downloads in the last 30 days, from the total downloads, the game gained 1.15 million downloads in just those four days after September 2. On Apple’s App Store, Call of Duty was at the top.

Download Call of Duty from Google Play Store

Download Call of Duty from App Store


About Call of Duty:

Official CALL OF DUTY designed exclusively for mobile phones. Play iconic multiplayer maps and modes anytime, anywhere. 100 player Battle Royale battleground? Fast 5v5 team deathmatch? Sniper vs sniper battle? Activision’s free-to-play CALL OF DUTY: MOBILE has it all.

3 Ludo King – 1.52 million downloads


India’s Ludo King is on the third position in downloads, it received 1.52 million downloads. Thanks to the ban on PUBG Mobile. The game became very popular in India as a casual game.

Download Ludo King from Google Play Store

Download Ludo King from App Store


About Ludo King:

Ludo King is a cross-platform multiplayer game that supports Desktop, Android, iOS, and Windows mobile platforms at the same time. This game also supports offline mode, where the player can play with a Computer or, Local multiplayer (play and pass mode). Ludo King is also a favorite game of Bollywood superstar. Play this dice game, Ludo King. Best casual game in board games.

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