FAU G, an Indian Alternative to PUBG, to Launch by October End, Will Include a Level on Galwan Valley
FAU-G, an Indian Alternative to PUBG, to Launch by October-End, Will Include a Level on Galwan Valley
nCore's FAU-G aims to tap into patriotism and 20 percent of its net revenues will be given to a state-backed trust.
By Reuters | Updated: 5 September 2020 10:20 IST
The launch of FAU-G comes at a time when anti-Chinese sentiment is high in India
India has hit Chinese tech firms that dominate India's Internet economy
Indian government has outlawed 118 mostly Chinese-origin apps
nCore's Vishal Gondal expects to win 200 million users in a year
An Indian firm is set to launch a battle royale mobile video game in partnership with Bollywood star Akshay Kumar, capitalising on the void left by a ban on Chinese tech firm Tencent's popular PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG). nCore Games, based in the Bengaluru, will launch its Fearless and United: Guards (FAU-G) game by the end of October, the company's co-founder Vishal Gondal told Reuters on Friday.
"This game was in the works for some months," Gondal said. "In fact the first level of the game is based on Galwan Valley."
Clashes in June between Indian and Chinese troops along a disputed border site in Galwan Valley, high up in the Himalayas, left 20 Indian soldiers dead.
nCore's FAU-G, which means soldier, aims to tap into Indian patriotism and 20 percent of its net revenues will be given to a state-backed trust that supports the families of soldiers who die on duty, Gondal said.
Actor Akshay Kumar, the son of an army officer who is known to support the cause of Indian soldiers and was key in setting up the trust, also helped with the concept of the game, according to Gondal.
India's first app ban in June, which prohibited ByteDance-owned TikTok, led to a surge in the use of local video-sharing apps with even media company Zee Entertainment Enterprises launching its own app.