PUBG was one of the major games that were played by both Millennials and GenZ in India and had the major market share of the mobile gaming market in India. Later the Government of India banned the mobile applications due to the tensions created between China and India citing data privacy as one of the reasons.
However, the company managed to release a new version of its game in India but it is said that even the new version of the game would get a ban in India, and let’s look at the reasons behind it.
Battlegrounds Mobile India – Latest News
Krafton which is the developer company of the mobile game had decided to roll out a new version of the game in India after the ban of its previous version of the game PUBG. The company had released a new game concentrating only on the Indian market named Battlegrounds Mobile India.
However, the efforts of the company in order to make a comeback in India are expected to be crushed as the parliaments in India have reported having called for a ban on the new version of the game.
Reasons Why Battlegrounds Mobile India might get ban
The parliaments in India have provided major reasons for banning the new version of PUBG which was released by Krafton concentrating only on the Indian market. On 22 May 2021, the current MLA of Arunachal Pradesh and the former Union Minister Ninong Ering had written a letter to the Prime Minister of the country, Narendra Modi regarding the ban of the mobile game.
In the letter written to the Prime Minister, the MLA had clearly mentioned that the new game is just a relaunch of its old version PUBG. He also alleged that the developer company has employed developers from Tencent which is a Chinese-based tech company that was one of the leading investors of PUBG Mobile India and was in charge of the PUBG Mobile game in India.
He also conveyed in his letter that when you look at the terms and conditions of the mobile game application on the Google play store on the listing of Battleground Mobile India, it shows the term PUBG Mobile.
He also added that this matter is a concern of the security of the country and pointed out an investment of USD 22.4 billion in the homegrown gaming firm of the country Nodwin by the mobile game developer firm Krafton.
Even Abhishek Singhvi who is the current member of the parliament added that the release of Battlegrounds Mobile India will be a way through which Tencent would re-enter the mobile gaming market of India.
Even the CAIT (Confederation of all India Traders) had written a letter to the Union IT and communication Minister Ravishankar Prasad in order to ban the Battlegrounds Mobile India stating that it is not only a threat to national security and the sovereignty of India but also harms the younger generation of the country.
He has also requested Google to not list the game on the Google play store and conveyed not to let the developers of the game use the play store as a platform.
As per certain reports from the IGN India, the data of the players were sent outside the country and have been received in several other places which include China as well.
The CAIT also added that the mobile game would pose a threat to the millions of data of the users and would create privacy and data concerns among the Indian citizens.
However, Krafton had released a beta version of the game which has received a lot of positive reviews and major downloads. The company has conveyed that they would be releasing more slots in the beta version of the game. We will have to look forward to whether Battleground Mobile India would see a ban in the coming days or not.
Is Battleground Mobile India banned in India?
No, it is not banned in India but might get banned soon as CAIT (Confederation of all India Traders) had written a letter to the Union IT and communication Minister, Ravishankar Prasad to ban the Battlegrounds Mobile India stating that it is not only a threat to national security and the sovereignty of India.
Why was PUBG banned in India?
PUBG was banned in India under section 69A of the Information Technology Act by the Centre citing these apps were engaged in activities that were prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity, defence and security of the country.
When was PUBG banned in India?
PUBG was banned in India on September 2, the Indian government banned the game in India under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act.
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