Battlegrounds Mobile India launch: Your biggest PUBG Mobile questions answered

There are many questions that PUBG Mobile India players want answers to. Let's take a look at a few of them.

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Battlegrounds Mobile India launch: Your biggest PUBG Mobile questions answered

After the Beta Tester version of the Battlegrounds Mobile India was launched on Thursday (May 17), PUBG Mobile India fans are now eagerly waiting for the release of the Battlegrounds Mobile India in its full form.

There are many questions that players of the battle royale game want answers to. Let's take a look at a few of them.

What will happen to the data of crores of Indians who were playing the original PUBG Mobile?

According to leading cyber law expert Virag Gupta, PUBG and many other apps were banned under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, since they were involved in activities causing prejudice to the sovereignty and integrity of the country.

"After imposing the ban, the government has failed to get control of huge amount of data pertaining to crores of Indians. The relaunch of PUBG Mobile through a new setup may be a big corporate fraud that needs thorough investigation by the Home Ministry and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) about its association with the previous owner, IP rights holder on data and its Chinese connection," Gupta told IANS.

The government should also direct Google Play Store in India to not allow the game with fresh branding, "in view of last year`s ban order, otherwise other banned apps will re-enter India through this modus operandi", Gupta stressed.

Does this pave the way for other banned Chinese apps to alter their course and re-enter the country?

Seasoned cyber law expert Pavan Duggal said that India neither has a dedicated law, nor a dedicated policy on mobile applications. “If any app has been banned, it is not open for the said app to change its manifestation or avatar and also the modus operandi and enter India again,” Duggal told IANS. “India needs to quickly enforce the new Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules, 2021 in the context of the mobile application ecosystem so that the mobile app developers and mobile app service providers can also comply with the due diligence parameters detailed therein,” he emphasised.

Return of PUBG

PUBG Mobile is back when the online casual gaming segment in India is projected to grow at 29 per cent Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) during FY 21-25 to reach Rs 169 billion, according to a report by KPMG in India.

Currently, the segment stands at Rs 60 billion in FY 21, accounting for 44 per cent of the total online gaming revenues.

Seven in 10 urban Indians are now playing video games or mobile games on any device. India now ranks among the top 10 gaming countries in the world, according to YouGov.

It may be recalled that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) mobile game, immensely popular among the teenagers and Gen Z in the country, was banned in September last year along with several other Chinese apps amid incursion attempts into the Indian territory at Pangong Tso in eastern Ladakh by the Chinese People's Liberation Army.

PUBG Mobile, largely owned by South Korean company Krafton, was banned for its association with the Chinese tech giant Tencent. PUBG then had nearly 33 million users in India.

In November last year, PUBG Corporation said that it was making a comeback with the creation of an Indian subsidiary and a new game, stressing that it also plans to make investments worth $100 million in the country to cultivate the local video game, esports, entertainment and IT industries.

The battle royale game is now back, in a new avatar as 'Battlegrounds Mobile India' with customised features for its fans.

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