Indian politician requests ban for Battlegrounds Mobile India, PUBG’s replacement

In a letter to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Arunachal Pradesh MLA Ninong Ering has requested a ban for Battlegrounds Mobile India, India’s new PUBG Mobile replacement.

Ering shared the three-page letter on his Twitter account and said it’s ‘’a big threat to security of India & privacy of our citizens and a way to circumvent & disregard our laws.’’

In the letter, he says that the relaunch of the Chinese battle-royale game is ‘’a mere illusion and a trick’’.

If the game is allowed to re-launch, in that case, there is a very high potential of a breach of privacy and cybersecurity of our citizens, and all the other risks of addiction, harm, deaths that were seen with PUBG before.” he says.

In September 2020, the Indian government banned 118 Chinese apps including PUBG Mobile, Baidu and AliPay stating that they ‘’are engaged in activities which [are] prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of state and public order.”

In November, Tencent shut down the title in the country and announced that it’d come back in a new avatar.

And earlier this month, Krafton launched PUBG Mobile’s replacement ‘Battlegrounds Mobile India’, however, Ering said that it’s privacy policy, which says “we may transfer your data to other countries and/or regions to operate the game service and/or to meet legal requirements’’, may pose a risk to national security. 

In the event of transfer to another country or region, we will take steps to ensure that your information receives the same level of protection as if it remained in India,” Ering said.

However, the government has yet to issue an official statement itself. 

Written by Jordan Bevan


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