Battlegrounds Mobile India, the rechristened version of PUBG Mobile India was made available as an early access download to Android users recently, and has now been officially launched on the Play Store.
While the game is off to a great start despite the looming threat of a possible ban, players have raised a lot of questions. While initially players had doubts about moving their existing PUBG Mobile data to the new game, the questions have evolved. The game developer even shared a list of transferable items and accounts supported. Now, the developer has also shed some light on the transfer of European accounts.
Why you can’t transfer your PUBG Mobile Europe account to BGMI
BGMI developer Krafton has clarified that it is is not possible to transfer your PUBG Mobile account from the European Region to Battlegrounds Mobile India due to GDPR laws. Krafton further notes that it cannot assist users with this particular matter since it is subject to jurisdiction.
For the uninitiated, GDPR is General Data Protection Regulation and it was adopted on April 14th, 2016. The central idea of this EU regulation is to protect data and privacy of users in the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA). The law curbs abuse of user data and also addresses the transfer of personal data outside the EU and EEA areas. Before we get to why data from European Region is not transferable, we must understand the definition of personal data.
According to the European Commission, personal data is “information that relates to an identified or identifiable individual“. In other words, your data on PUBG Mobile’s European account belongs to an identifiable individual and hence can be described as personal data. The GDPR requires companies to demonstrate compliance by having a data controller implementing measures that meet the principles of data protection by design and by default.
As part of this regulation, GDPR requires a controller and a processor who need to keep record of transfers of personal data to a third country or an international organisation. This includes the identification of that third country or international organisaztion. In case a company is found to be not complying with GDPR and found transferring data outside the region then the penalty is huge.
GDPR states that a fine up to €20 million or up to 4 percent of the annual worldwide turnover of the preceding financial year, whichever is greater, is applicable if found abusing the transfers of personal data to a recipient in a third country or an international organisation pursuant to Articles 44 to 49. For PUBG Corporation and Krafton, this could be a huge hassle to carry out and it seems to be taking the easier route of not allowing data transfer between European Region and other countries.
BGMI account transfer: what can European Region players do?
The only solution is to create a new account in Battlegrounds Mobile India. Unfortnately, you will not be able to bring in your list of transferrable items such as nickname or character ID, basic info, season progress, ban or merit status, inventory and more. But you will be able to play the game from scratch which is still a decent outcome.