India banned a lot of Chinese applications in previous years. One of the most popular battle royale PUBG Mobile was included in the black list. Due to a huge market share in India, the developers had to find a way to get back to the country. They decided to launch the game under a new name and developer in India. The game was later launched as Battlegrounds Mobile India. It offers the same battle royale experience as the original PUBG Mobile, just with a bit of touch on top. However, an Indian NGO is not happy with BGMI.
Battlegrounds Mobile India in danger?
PRAHAR is an Indian NGO focusing on socio-economic development. They have urged the Indian government to ban BGMI in the country. According to a letter to the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the game is still a threat to India’s security. PRAHAR states that Tencent owns a 15.5 percent stake in Krafton, which makes Tencent the second-highest stakeholder. Moreover, they claim that there are private deals of Tencent for having control over Krafton.
The NGO also states that:
We, therefore, request your ministry to include Chinese app BGMI-PUBG among the list of banned apps in India under Section 69A of the IT Act in the interest of sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of the state, and public order and save millions of unsuspecting players from falling prey into the Chinese trap.”
Recently, another list of Chinese applications came out in which Free Fire was banned. This also created a lot of chaos in the Indian gaming community. There were a huge amount of Indian streamers playing Free Fire. Although, they can still enjoy Free Fire Max for now.
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