The Battlegrounds Mobile India launch is approaching and the hype around the game is reaching new levels with every teaser image/video the company posts on its exclusive media handle. As much as the launch is anticipated, there is also a demand from politicians to ban Battleground Mobile India. This time Nizamabad, Telangana, Lok Sabha MP Arvind Dharmapuri has written a letter to IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad regarding the launch of Battleground Mobile India. According to Zee News, the letter sent on June 2 mentioned that Dharmapuri has received a representation against the game by Sai Kumar, a social activist from Nizamabad.
Battlegrounds Mobile India May Get Banned?
The letter doesn’t specifically ask for a ban on Battlegrounds Mobile India, but it does highlight issues with the game that the Indian government needs to watch closely. As per the representation, while Battlegrounds Mobile India stores data in India and Singapore, it also allows international data transfer. The Terms of Service will be governed by the laws of South Korea, where Crafton is located. Interestingly, Dharampuri has also asked the Union minister to investigate Crafton’s investments and agreements with Tencent.
This isn’t the first time a government official has made a representation against the Battlegrounds Mobile India game. Arunachal Pradesh MLA Ninong Ering had demanded the central government to ban the sport in the country. MP Abhishek Singhvi sought a ban on Battlegrounds Mobile India, saying the game’s release would allow Tencent to re-enter India.
Despite negative comments and ban requests, Battlegrounds Mobile India continues to enjoy a massive following set by PUBG Mobile. The game recently garnered a massive 20 million pre-registrations on Android and this number should increase further with the launch of the iOS version. It remains to be seen whether the Indian government will take any steps and address the concerns surrounding the game or wait for it to officially launch. Time should tell.