The Indian government decided to put a ban on 118 Chinese applications on Wednesday, including popular mobile game PlayerUnknown`s Battlegrounds (PUBG), due to the ongoing border conflict with China.

“The apps have been banned as they are engaged in activities prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order,” the Ministry of Electronics and Information and Technology said in a statement.

“This move will safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety, security and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace,” the statement read further.

According to the ministry, many of the Android and iOS users have reported some apps are stealing their data in an unauthorised manner

PUBG is quite popular among millions of young mobile users in India. Globally, the mobile application has been downloaded 600 million times and has a 50 million active users base.

In China, the rebranded version of PUBG is available under the title “Game for Peace”.

PUBG had recently announced its 1.0 version and a global tournament PUBG Mobile Global Championship (PMGC). The winner of the tournament will win a prize of $2 million (about Rs 15 crore).