The much-anticipated game has already sparked controversy, with several people demanding that the Indian government ban Battlegrounds Mobile India.
According to an IGN report, Battlegrounds Mobile India, PUBG Mobile’s Indian avatar, is sending user data to a server in China. This is despite the fact that PUBG Mobile was banned in India due to the Chinese involvement of the developers.
According to the report, readers contacted IGN, claiming that data sent and received by the Battlegrounds Mobile India APK is coming from China Mobile Communications servers in Beijing.
According to the report, Battlegrounds Mobile India sends data to a Tencent-run Proxima Beta in Hong Kong, as well as Microsoft Azure servers in the United States, Mumbai, and Moscow.
The claims were verified by IGN staff by installing a data packet sniffer on their Android phone. The app identifies the servers with which a device communicates. When it was set to log all servers that Battlegrounds Mobile India communicated with, the entire game was player. Following the game, a quick whois search for one of the servers spotted in the logs revealed that it was operated by China Mobile Communications Corporation, a Chinese state-owned company. This is hosted on a server in Beijing, China. According to IGN, the device data was being sent to this server. In addition, when starting up, Battlegrounds Mobile India pings a Tencent server in Beijing.
We could not verify the report independently. We will try to get the full information on this report and will update this story once we get to know about it.
In a related development, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has written to Union IT & Communication Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad requesting that Battlegrounds Mobile India be banned as it is “not only a threat to national sovereignty and security of India but also harmful for young generations.”
CAIT has also requested that Google deny Battlegrounds Mobile India developers access to the Google Play store platform for the game.
CAIT Secretary-General Praveen Khandelwal stated on Twitter, “After #PUBG was banned last year and now they are making backdoor entry by circumventing Indian laws.”
Notably, Battlegrounds Mobile India is essentially a repackaged version of PUBG Mobile India, as it shares several features with PUBG Mobile India. Battlegrounds Mobile India, according to CAIT, would jeopardise India’s national security and endanger the data and privacy of millions of Indian citizens.
Politicians in India are currently calling for a ban on Battlegrounds Mobile India. The All India Traders Confederation recently called for a ban on Battlegrounds Mobile India, despite the fact that the game has not yet been released in its entirety.