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Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) sending user data to servers in China: report

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  • Data from BGMI is reportedly being sent to servers in China
  • This will likely cause a setback for Krafton
  • The battle royale game is currently available to all as an open beta

Battlegrounds Mobile India user data is reportedly been sent to servers in China. The news comes from IGN which learnt from its sources that the user data is sent to Beijing, Hong Kong, the US, Mumbai and Moscow. 

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The latest development is expected to create some trouble for South Korean game developer Krafton. Last year, the Indian government had banned the popular battle royale game PUBG Mobile due to security reasons. Battlegrounds Mobile India is a tweaked version of PUBG and slated to release officially in the coming weeks. 

Battlegrounds Mobile India reportedly sends user data to China

According to the IGN report, the data from Battlegrounds Mobile India is sent to China Mobile Communications servers in Beijing, Tencent-run Proxima Beta in Hong Kong and Microsoft Azure servers located in the US, Mumbai and Moscow. 

The publication cross-checked the inputs from its sources by using a data packet sniffer app on an Android phone. It tells the user which servers their device is communicating with. IGN also did a WhoIs search and came across services run by Tencent’s servers including QCloud and AntiCheat Expert.. The report adds that the data sent to China also contains the user’s device data. 

Also read: Battlegrounds Mobile India: how to transfer PUBG account linked to email or Google to BGMI

The latest report is in stark contrast to what Krafton had previously said about user privacy. The game developer had stated that the personal information of players would be stored and processed on servers based in India and Singapore. The terms of service also mentioned that the company might ‘transfer your data to other countries’ in order to meet ‘legal requirements’. 

We expect Krafton and Battlegrounds India Mobile to make an official statement on the matter. Recently, several political leaders in India and the Confederation of All India Traders have called for a ban on the Battlegrounds Mobile India citing a threat to the security of Indians. 

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