EntertainmentGamesGovernment blocks Krafton's India-only version of PUBG

Government blocks Krafton’s India-only version of PUBG


- Advertisment -spot_imgspot_imgspot_imgspot_img

Two years after PUBG Mobile ban, Battlegrounds Mobile India is delisted over ‘national security concerns’

Battlegrounds Mobile India, the country’s version of PUBG, has been blocked by the Indian government.

As reported by Reuters, citing an Indian government source, the ban came from “national security concerns” around data sharing and mining from China as PUBG’s developer, Krafton, is owned at 13.6% by Chinese tech giant Tencent.

The government invoked section 69A of its Information Technology Act to enforce the ban, which allows the government “to block public access to content in the interest of national security,” Reuters said.

The ban hasn’t been publicly acknowledged by the Indian government, but Battlegrounds Mobile India wasn’t available on Google Play or the App Store as of Thursday evening. However, TechCrunch reported that a Krafton spokesperson confirmed the delisting and that the studio was “seeking clarification.”

This ban comes a couple of years after PUBG Mobile — which was published directly by Tencent in India — was banned in the country over privacy concerns, alongside over 100 apps with ties to Chinese companies.

At the time, PUBG Corp responded to the ban by removing Tencent from the equation and announcing that it would self-publish in the country going forward.

A few weeks later, the Indian government said it had no plans to revoke the ban as the title, alongside the other apps banned, posed a threat to national security in the way they collect user data.

PUBG Corp announced an Indian version of the title in November 2020 to get around the ban, which Indian politicians soon called to be banned as well.

Read More

Latest news

FDA investigating three new outbreaks; other investigations remain active

The FDA is investigating two new outbreaks of infections from Salmonella bacteria. The agency is also investigating an outbreak...

Florida officials report death of vibrio patient

The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County is investigating a death related to a Vibrio vulnificus infection. Public health officials did...

E. coli is similar to the 2011 outbreak strain found in Europe

A type of E. coli similar to what caused a large outbreak in 2011 has recently been detected in...

Study shows Salmonella control advice only had a short-term impact on hatcheries

Advice on Salmonella control at hatcheries initially worked to reduce contamination but the success was not maintained over the long-term, according...
- Advertisement -spot_imgspot_imgspot_imgspot_img

This Curl Cream Has Worked Magic on my Coarse, Dry Curls

As I entered my 30s, I was determined to find a product that would help me revive my curls—and...

The Best Amazon Labor Day Sales to Shop ASAP

Love a good bargain? You're in luck! The Amazon Labor Day sale 2022 is officially here, with major discounts...

Must read

Boost EV Battery & e-Axle Testing Productivity

Accurately testing complex systems like electric vehicle (EV) batteries...

2023 Dodge Hornet brings power, speed to compact crossover segment

DETROIT — Dodge is working to stand out in...

President Biden signs $437 billion tax-climate bill

President Joe Biden signed the sweeping tax, climate and...

DAILY DRIVE PODCAST: August 16, 2022

Breadcrumb Home Weekend Drive Podcast EV startups rush to lock in tax...
- Advertisement -spot_imgspot_imgspot_img

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you