As the rumoured release date for Battlegrounds Mobile India draws closer, the game seems to be getting more and more attention from members of the Indian government. Lok Sabha MP from Nizamabad, Telangana—Arvind Dharampuri—has written to IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad regarding the upcoming release of Battlegrounds Mobile India.
The letter, sent on June 2, states that Dharampuri has received representation against Battlegrounds Mobile India by Nizamabad-based social activist Sai Kumar, according to Zee News. While the letter doesn’t call for an outright ban of the game, it does mention that the issues brought to Dharampuri are serious, and that the Indian government needs to look at it more closely.
According to Kumar’s representation about Battlegrounds Mobile India, while developer Krafton has stated that all data in the game will be stored in India and Singapore, it also allows for international data transfers. Its Terms of Service will be governed by the laws of South Korea, where Krafton is based out of. Dharampuri has also asked the Union Minister to take a closer look at Krafton’s investments and agreements with Tencent for the sake of scrutiny.
Calls for banning Battlegrounds Mobile India have been making the rounds since late last month. Back in May, Arunachal Pradesh MLA Ninong Ering called for the game’s ban, on the grounds that it is essentially a re-release of PUBG Mobile, which was banned in the country last year. MP Abhishek Singhvi also asked for a ban of the gaming, stating that the release of Battlegrounds Mobile India allows for Tencent’s re-entry into the Indian market.
Recently, Krafton seems to have tacitly admitted to Battlegrounds Mobile India being PUBG Mobile in a press release celebrating 20 million pre-registrations for the game. The company has also failed to condemn racist comments made by major PUBG Mobile players and members of the game’s esports scene against Ering.