A non-governmental organization has urged the government to ban the Chinese game app Battlegrounds Mobile India. The government of India banned PUBG mobile on September 2, 2022. It was relaunched as Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) after ten months. BGMI is the most popular of the Chinese apps that have been relaunched and rebranded with the same features. BGMI Ban: Following PUBG Ban, NGO Asks Government to Ban Battlegrounds Mobile India
BGMI Ban: Following PUBG Ban, NGO Asks Government to Ban Battlegrounds Mobile India
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Under section 69A of the Information Technology Act of 2000, a non-profit organization has requested the government to block the Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) app.
According to the NGO, there is a threat to national security and public order.
Prahar, an NGO, has written to the Ministries of Interior (MHA) and Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) about this.
BGMI is an Indian version of the popular battle royale game PlayersUnknown Battlegrounds (PUBG) by South Korean game developer studio Krafton, which was banned in 2022 as part of a broader restriction on Chinese apps.
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NGO Prahar asks for BGMI Ban
Prahar stated in the letter that Chinese internet giant Tencent owns a 15% stake in Krafton, so the ban should be similar to a recent ban on another popular game, Free Fire, in which Tencent has an 18% stake.
“In the so-called new avatar, the BGMI PUBG is no different from the previous PUBG with Tencent still controlling it in the background,” said Abhay Mishra, president of Prahar.
“We therefore request your ministry to include the Chinese app BGMI-PUBG in the list of banned apps in India under Section 69A of the IT Act in the interest of the sovereignty and integrity of India, the defense of India, the security of the state and public order and save millions of unsuspecting players from falling into the Chinese trap.”
“Free Fire was another gaming app that was banned on February 14. Since Tencent also owns an 18.7% stake in Free Fire, this raises a fundamental question: if Free Fire was banned, why was BGMI-PUBG exempt?”
PUBG Ban in India, 2022
Why was PUBG Mobile banned in India? On what grounds was it banned? Here are some of the key points why it was banned.
The main reason was India’s sovereignty and integrity. In June and September, when 59 and 118 Chinese apps, including PUBG Mobile India, were banned, the Indian government declared in the order that the apps “dangered the sovereignty and integrity of India, the defense of India, the security of the state and public order”. The ban was made under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act of 2000.
PUBG Mobile had written to the Indian government but apparently they weren’t happy with the response.
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