BGMI Ban in India: Why is NGO asking for a ban?

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Battlegrounds Mobile India is a popular battle royale game in India and it has replaced PUBG Mobile to become the top grossing BR game in the country. This game is less than a year old and still has millions of active players due to multiple factors and Prahar, an NGO based in Assam has urged the Indian government to block BGMI. Here are some of the factors that can shed a light on this appeal.

As stated before, BGMI is in India to replace the need of PUBG Mobile. This is due to the fact that Indian govt. banned PUBG Mobile two years ago due to privacy and user data concerns. This translated into a huge player base left stranded and a blooming esports industry dying in the country.

As the dust was settling on this ban, the creators of BGMI, Krafton Inc, cut all their ties with Chinese gaming giant Tencent. After this move, they were constantly working with the Indian govt to unban this app and finally, a new game called BGMI was launched.

The NGO called Prahar is asking the government to put a ban on this application as well because it resembles PUBGM and is still a threat to large consumer data available in India. There were several demands in this letter presented by Prahar.

The main concern behind this is that BGMI is still run by Tencent and hence it should be banned. Several facts like how Tencent owns a large stake and Krafton Inc. and hence is involved in BGMI as well were implied.

Overall, this appeal is to remove BGMI as it replaced PUBGM in India and it will be interesting to see how Indian Govt. will react to it.

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