Praveen Khandelwal, Secretary General, Confederation of All India Traders has urged MeitY to immediately ban PUBG Mobile India which is trying to enter India by “circumventing Indian laws.” Battlegrounds Mobile India has been referred as PUBG Mobile India in this context. Mr. Khandelwal cited “national sovereignty & security of India” as one of the reasons for this ban.
PUBG Mobile was banned in India in September 2020 last year where privacy issues and data protection were the main issues that led to this ban. Krafton made several efforts to bring the game back in India but most of them were futile in the long run. They made a huge announcement of PUBG Mobile India during the auspicious festival of Diwali but were completely silent since then.
PUBG Mobile India was not launched due to certain circumstances but Krafton came back to India with a completely new title called Battlegrounds Mobile India. In this game, almost all the features are similar to PUBG Mobile and it has been referred to as a rebranded version of PUBG Mobile.
Earlier, Mr. Ninong Ering, MLA of Pasighat West, Arunachal Pradesh urged PM Modi to ban Battlegrounds Mobile India on the basis of several factors and this time, Mr. Praveen Khandelwal has called for a similar action.
Pravin Khandelwal stated that PUBG Mobile India (BGMI) is “not only a threat to national sovereignty & security of India but also harmful for our young generations.” He further mentioned that Indian authorities are bluffed by “making a backdoor entry by circumventing Indian laws.”
The impact of this tweet is yet to be seen as no actions have been taken by the IT Ministry yet. Krafton released the early access to Battlegrounds Mobile India today and it will be interesting to see if it is affected by these pleas or not.