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Battlegrounds Mobile Should Be Banned, MLA Says in Letter to PM Modi

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Highlights:

  • Arunachal MLA calls for a ban on Battlegrounds Mobile India.
  • Ninong Ering tweeted about the “Chinese deception” caused by the announcement.
  • Tencent is currently the second-largest stakeholder with a 15.5% stake in Krafton.

Battlegrounds Mobile India now becomes the talk of the town. PUBG Mobile was banned by the Indian government over privacy and security concerns. Now the game is re-entering Indian gaming with a new name and features.

The launch date of Battlegrounds Mobile India is yet to be announced. The company recently started taking pre-registrations for the game through the Google Play store.

In a letter to PM Narendra Modi, Ninong Ering says Battlegrounds Mobile India, the local version of Krafton’s PUBG Mobile, will once again give China’s Tencent Holdings access to the Indian market.

Ninong Ering requests PM Modi to ban Battlegrounds Mobile India

Ering, who represents the Pasighat West Assembly constituency in the Northeastern Indian state, said in the letter:

“This is a mere illusion and a trick to relaunch the same game with minor modifications and collect user data of millions of our citizens, including our children and transfer it to foreign companies and the Chinese government.” He also posted a copy of his three-page letter on Twitter.

“Almost all of Krafton’s Indian employees, including its senior management team, are former Tencent employees hired by Krafton in December and are working on Battlegrounds Mobile India”.

Concerns regarding the privacy policy of this new title were raised as well. These facts were brought together to conclude that Krafton and Nodwin Gaming are connected to Tencent.

Can Battlegrounds Mobile India Be Banned?

India doesn’t have its own rating board for games. Approval of apps falls to Apple and Google, both of which follow international ratings boards as well as best practices for the country.

There won’t be any problem with Battlegrounds Mobile India so as long as Krafton follows the rules set forth in terms of data and privacy.

Krafton said that it would invest $100 million in India, to set up a team in Bangalore and invest in the country’s e-sports ecosystem.

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