"He (Kumar) came up with the title of the game, FAU-G."
Akshay Kumar has teamed up with an Indian gaming company to release a new mobile game called FAU-G, which stands for Fearless and United Guards.
It is a battle royale game that will capitalise the void left by the popular PUBG.
Amid tensions between India and China, the Ministry of Information & Technology banned dozens of Chinese apps, including PUBG.
nCore Games will launch FAU-G by the end of October 2020.
The company’s co-founder Vishal Gondal said: “This game was in the works for some months. In fact, the first level of the game is based on Galwan Valley.”
The reference is to the clashes between Indian and Chinese soldiers in Galwan Valley, in the Himalayas, which left 20 Indian troops dead.
FAU-G aims to tap into Indian patriotism and 20% of its net revenue will be given to a state-backed trust that supports the families of soldiers who die on duty.
According to Mr Gondal, Akshay Kumar helped come up with the concept of the game.
He said: “He (Kumar) came up with the title of the game, FAU-G.”
Mr Gondal went on to say that the game is expected to gain 200 million users within a year.
Akshay took to Twitter to announce the game and its concept.
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
While Akshay is releasing the game, it has been met with controversy.
One user called for the game to be boycotted, stating that the Bollywood actor took advantage of the fact that PUBG was banned in India. Akshay was also called a “hypocrite” for his patriotic stance amid the ongoing tensions between India and China.
Other social media users have claimed that the game’s patent actually belonged to the late Sushant Singh Rajput.
Shocking revelation by @vibhor_anand
Connect the dots guys! Watch this video!@akshaykumar is this true?#Fau_G #IndiaWithKanganaRanaut #ShameOnMahaGovt #FAUGGame #ShowikChakraborty pic.twitter.com/VruHuoloDS
— sahil ramani (@sahilpramani) September 4, 2020
According to a Twitter video post by Sahil Ramani, a developer explains how the FAU-G game was conceptualised by Sushant and that he had patented it in America but not India.
Indian lawyer, Vibhor Anand, tweeted a post related to the matter saying:
“Sameer Bangra died in allegedly accident on 14th June just hours after Sushant’s death was reported. He was Co Founder of Indiagames.”
It’s being alleged that Sushant was working on the game before his death. Users claimed that Sushant’s hard disks with the game as well as others were stolen.
A journalist named Meena Das Naryan asked for proof of who actually made the game.
She said: “Can you give us the details about who developed it with proof as there has been a lot of news that Sushant Singh Rajput developed patents for covid and games which were stolen on June 8th..ppl are asking if this could his which was given to u by someone?”
Meena went on to say that Sushant developed apps which ended up being stolen by a gang. She called for the CBI to investigate those responsible for the theft.
Other users backed the allegations while also slamming Akshay for claiming that it is his game.
One person said: “Profiteering on the dead bodies of martyrs can only be done by the lowest of low.”
One user said that Akshay has no interest in making videogames and is instead releasing the game for his own nationalistic agenda.
While it is not currently known if the game was actually created by Sushant, the claims that it was is making waves.