- Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) seeks a ban on Battlegrounds Mobile India
- The National Secretary General of CAIT has written a letter to Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad
- Battlegrounds Mobile India was made available as early access on June 17th
Battlegrounds Mobile India seems to be in trouble even before its official launch in the country. The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has written to the government to ban the game ahead of the launch. In the same letter, the National Secretary General of CAIT, Praveen Khandelwal has also asked Google to ban the game from Play Store.
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This news emerged alongside IGN reporting that Battlegrounds Mobile India is reportedly sending user data to China Mobile Communications servers in Beijing. Notably, Battlegrounds Mobile India is available to download for all as an early acess beta on Android and has already crossed 5 million downloads as per Krafton.
CAIT urges the Indian government to ban BGMI with immediate effect
No one can circumvent India’s law. Must known to #battlegroundmobileindia which is nothing but another version of #PUBG .@CAITIndia urge Shri @rsprasad to take immediate note & ban #battlegroundmobile & @GoogleIndia not to allow use of its play store @Suhelseth @indiantweeter pic.twitter.com/30Jl7pdV2z
— Praveen Khandelwal (@praveendel) June 18, 2021
In a series of tweets, Khandelwal has urged the Indian government to ban the upcoming game on the grounds of being, “not only a threat to national sovereignty and security of India but also harmful for young generations.” In his letter dated June 18th to Union IT & Communication Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Khandelwal has mentioned that Krafton is trying to circumvent Indian laws and launching the banned PUBG Mobile game under the guise of an Indian version.
The letter goes on to mention that PUBG Mobile has reportedly caused addiction, loss of money, and livelihood for many. According to the letter, Krafton is deceiving the Indian government by relaunching the same game under the new title of Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI). Khandelwal points out that the APK package for the game users has ‘pubg.imobile’ in the package name, which is something that has already been reported in the past and raised eyebrows.
In his tweets, Khandelwal has also tagged Google India to remove Battlegrounds India Mobile from the Play Store. As of now, there has been no official statement from Google or the government but we can expect a development soon in this regard.