It has been a couple of days since popular mobile game PUBG was banned as the centre cracked down on 118 more Chinese apps after fresh escalation with China in Ladakh. Now, actor Akshay Kumar has announced the release of a multiplayer action game ‘FAU-G’. It would have 20 per cent of its net proceeds donated to ‘Bharat Ke Veer Trust’ for the support of India’s bravehearts. The trust was also started by Kumar.
“For youngsters in India, gaming is becoming an important form of entertainment. With FAU:G, I’m hoping that as they play the game they will learn about the sacrifices of our soldiers and also contribute to the families of the martyrs; and with this each one of us has the ability to support PM Modi’s vision of Atma Nirbhar,” said Kumar.
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
However, the announcement of the game has triggered a range of reactions from the netizens. On one hand it is being lauded for its element of being self-reliant, on the other hand, its name, a reminiscent of the name PUBG, is amusing many people. Last time we saw this play of alphabets in English to make a Hindi word was for Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Ra-One.
The sheer suddenness of the move! The unexpected nature of the move! The unpredictability of the move! The fact that there was no warning! https://t.co/5BDvwbNUhm— Sapan Verma (@sapanv) September 4, 2020
Was it so hard to come up with an original name? FAU-G, totally not PUBG. https://t.co/4Nro7bgRUe— r/India on Reddit (@redditindia) September 4, 2020
Series of event.September 4, 2020
PUBG players to Akshay : pic.twitter.com/lbIo4ApxOM— ITS K!SHU #MI (@double_century) September 4, 2020
“Sir what can we name this rip off”
“Hmmm so it’s a faux Pub G”
“Amazing! FauG it is” https://t.co/DJwZMyyUeX— nansense (@NandhithaR) September 4, 2020
FAU-G? Seriously😂😂 going to be a rip off for sure. I love the name😂😂— Rohan P Kembhavi (@oye_kembi) September 4, 2020
The game is based on real scenarios encountered by the Indian Security Forces to deal with both domestic and foreign threats. The game is expected to launch by the end of October with its first-level set in the Galwan Valley backdrop followed by third-person shooting gameplay in the subsequent releases. The game will be available on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.
Founder and Chairman of the gaming publisher, Vishal Gondal, said, “It is a matter of great pride to respond to PM Modi’s call and present the world a world-class game, which will not only help gamers in a virtual setting fight the forces of evil; but also positively contribute to nation-building by supporting our martyrs.”