Following the ban of PUBG Mobile in India last year, Krafton, the game’s parent company, announced the relaunch of the game in the country recently. While the developers encourage influencers and gamers not to associate Battlegrounds Mobile India with PUBG Mobile now banned in India, an Arunachal Pradesh MLA is now calling for a re-ban of the game before its official release due to security concerns.
Indian MLA wants to ban Battlegrounds Mobile India
Ninong Ering, a member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) from the Pasighat West area of Arunachal Pradesh, recently wrote an official letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, citing the security concerns of the upcoming title. You can see the tweet below.
The reasons for India’s mobile ban on Battlegrounds?
The MLA says that the launch of Battlegrounds Mobile India (BMI) is simply an “illusion and a gimmick” to relaunch the same game, which is PUBG Mobile, with “minor modifications”. Ering announces that Tencent currently has a 15.5% stake in Krafton also could soon become a majority shareholder also gain full control.
He also claims that Krafton partnered with Nodwin Gaming to host the next game on their servers. However, according to Ering, Nodwin also has “extensive ongoing ties to Tencent” and also has a team of administrators in Pakistan, apparently raising “massive security concerns.”
Furthermore, the MLA claims that almost all PUBG India employees, who were former Tencent employees, were “miraculously” hired by Krafton in December last year. Also, the official URL of the Battlegrounds Mobile India package on the Google Play Store has the mention of PUBG Mobile.
Citing these reasons and security concerns, Ninong Ering claims that Battlegrounds Mobile India is a PUBG Mobile relaunch and will pose a major security threat to India. He will collect confidential data from Indian citizens, including children, and pass it on to other companies and the Chinese government, according to the complaint. As a result, the MLA wants the Indian government to take the necessary steps to ban the title before it is launched on the market in the next few days.
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