PUBG Mobile India Ban: What is Error Code Restrict Area?

Upon loading the game, the game throws an error message which reads “Server is busy, please try again later. Error code: restrict-area.”

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PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite have been the most popular games in India. The popular eSport was banned by the Government of India over data security concerns. Despite the ban, PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite were still working for some players in India. However, on October 29, the developers announced that PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite will stop working in India in order to comply with the government order. Now, on loading the game, players are now seeing a pop-up messaging on the screen that reads “Error code: Restrict area”. What is  Error Code Restrict Area?

PUBG Mobile India Ban: What Is Error Code Restrict Area?

PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite have stopped working in India. Upon loading the game, the game throws an error message which reads “Server is busy, please try again later. Error code: restrict-area.” The code simply means that PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite have been banned in India and players can no longer play the game unless the ban is lifted by the Indian government.

If you are wanting to play PUBG Mobile or PUBG Mobile Lite in India and trying to find a way around to load either of the games, chances are you would fail. The company has shut all its services in the country after the government order.

PUBG made the announcement on the official PUBG Mobile Facebook page on October 29. The full statement reads as follows:

“Dear fans, to comply with the interim order of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology dated 2nd September, 2020, Tencent Games will terminate all service and access for users in India to PUBG Mobile Nordic Map: Livik and PUBG Mobile Lite (together, ‘PUBG Mobile’) on 30th October, 2020. The rights to publish PUBG Mobile in India will be returned to the owner of the PUBG intellectual property. Protecting user data has always been a top priority, and we have always complied with applicable data protection laws and regulations in India. All users’ gameplay information is processed in a transparent manner, as disclosed in our privacy policy. We deeply regret this outcome, and sincerely thank you for your support and love for PUBG Mobile in India.”

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