Will Battlegrounds Mobile India be Banned Before Launch?

14 Jun, 2021 14:14 IST|Sakshi Post

The impending Battlegrounds Smartphone India mobile edition, according to a representative, is the same game with minor alterations, causing confusion for the firm by merely naming it India-specific.

On one hand, plans are underway to introduce a new version of PUBG Battlegrounds Mobile India Edition in India, while Indian MPs and politicians have called for it to be banned. Several politicians have accused the gaming industry of threatening national security, including Telangana MP Dharmapuri Arvind, Gadchiroli MP Ashok Nete, and national spokesman Suresh Nakhua.

Crafton, a South Korean distributor of PUBG Mobile India (also known as Battle Grounds Mobile India), has cut off ties with China's Tencent for game distribution in India. Tencent, on the other hand, has reached an arrangement with a South Korean company to sell PUBG globally. This is why so many leaders have expressed their concerns. The impending Battlegrounds Mobile Indian edition, according to a representative, is a single game with minor alterations, causing confusion for the firm by merely naming it India-specific. Battlegrounds Mobile India's actual launch date is unknown.

Letter to the Prime Minister

Arunachal Pradesh MLA Ninong Ering wrote to PM Modi suggesting that the game not be launched in India, claiming that it would represent the same threat to national security as the original PUBG, which was banned in September 2020, and the re-launch of the banned PUBG mobile. He expressed his concern regarding Battlegrounds Mobile India in a letter to Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. Ashok Nete, a member of Parliament from Gadchiroli in Maharashtra, and Suresh Naqwa, a BJP spokesperson, have also asked PM Modi to take strong action against the Chinese firm.

Senior Congressman Abhishek Singhvi claimed that by permitting the release of 'PUBG 2', the governing party at the national level has diverted the focus of the youth. The government banned it initially, but later authorized indirect access to the corporation, which has a 15.5 percent Chinese stake.

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