BGMI Ban: Why 54 Chinese App Bans Can Cause Problems for Mobile Games

Crafton Inc, a Korean video game company and maker of BATTLEGROUNDS MOBILE INDIA (BGMI), seems to find it difficult to separate itself from its former Chinese origin. PRAHAR, a non-profit organization active in the field of socio-economic development, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEIT) are calling for a ban on Battleground Mobile India (BGMI) under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act. NGOs want apps to be banned because they threaten India’s sovereignty and integrity.
Requests to block apps will be made a few days after the government announced a ban on 54 Chinese apps on February 14, 2022. The NGO urged the government to add BGMI to the list of 54 Chinese apps. Krafton, a Korean studio that publishes BGMI, claims to be the front company of China’s leading internet company. Tencent Holdings..
“Tencent Holdings launched PUBG in India and was one of the most downloaded games at the time of the 2020 ban. Within a year, PUBG was reintroduced to India by Tencent front company Krafton. The new name BGMI — a move specifically intended to avoid Indian policy makers, “PRAHAR said in a letter.
The letter further claims that Tencent is Krafton’s second-largest shareholder with a 15.5% stake.

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