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Former Union Minister and Arunachal Pradesh MLA Ninong Ering have called for a ban on relaunching PUBG Mobile as Battleground Mobile India, as it will once again give China's Tencent Holdings access to the Indian market.

Ban the new version of Battleground Mobile India, PUBG Mobile
Ban the new version of Battleground Mobile India, PUBG Mobile


On 18 May, pre-registration opened on the Google Play Store for the Indian version of Player UNDogs Battleground (PUBG), eight months after the popular mobile video game was banned in India following skirmishes on the border with China in May last year. . .

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and senior Union ministers, Ering said that even though the South Korean game publisher was launching the game independently in India, Tencent is currently the second-largest stakeholder with a 15.5% stake in Krafton.

 Ban the new version of Battleground Mobile India



While Kraften halted its agreement with Tencent in India following the PUBG mobile ban last year, the Chinese company is still the publisher and distributor of popular mobile video games outside the country, he said.


Last year, the Indian government banned PUBG Mobile along with more than 260 other Chinese apps over security and privacy concerns. Ering said that companies are trying to circumvent Indian laws by relaunching the game as Battleground Mobile India.


He 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,”


Erring also raised concerns over data privacy. While the new game's privacy policy states that data will be stored in servers located in India and Singapore, it will be transferred to other countries and territories to operate the game service and to meet legal requirements.


Source - economictimes.indiatimes.com/

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