When Battle ground Mobile India announces PUBG entry in India, every game lover thrilled with this news. Let’s take you to the flashback. On September 2, 2020. Black day for the gamer’s community in India. Along with hundreds of other Chinese apps, PUBG was banned in India under section 69A of the Information Technology (IT) Act. “It is engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of the state and public order.”, said the Indian Government. Agreed.
Nothing comes before The Nation and National Security. The rift between the army men of both the countries at the borders had to have some dire consequences.
So, who actually owns PUBG?
Player Unknown’s Battle Ground is basically developed by PUBG Corporation which is a subsidiary of Bluehole Inc., currently known as Krafton Inc. Krafton Inc. is a South Korean company that holds the IP rights of both PUBG PC and PUBG mobile. Tencent on the other hand is the second-largest stakeholder at Krafton Inc. with a share of 15.5% just behind the founder and owner of the company Chang Byung-Gyu who owns 16.4% of the company.
While Krafton holds the ownership rights of the company Tencent held the publishing rights of PUBG Mobile. Now that Battle ground Mobile India has come to the Indian market it is publicized as the Indian version of PUBG mobile, where the publishing rights are taken away from Tencent, and Krafton is solely responsible for the administration of Battle ground Mobile India.
What Changed? How different is Battle ground Mobile India from PUBG?
For entering India Krafton has made a series of changes in the game.
First being, the word Killed has been replaced by ‘Finished’ now to make it appear less violent. Second, a voiceover message about Battle ground Mobile India is just a simulation, and not based on real life. Also, the age restrictions are made more severe, kids below 18 are allowed to play the game not more than 3hrs and would require parental permission for the same.
The daily expense limit was brought down to 7000 INR. Along with this, the data inoculated into the game is being preached to be held solely by Krafton Inc. in the interest of India’s new rules and regulations. No third-party publisher of any kind is to intervene in the data storage and exchange.
Stating the Obvious?
No, it is not wholly true. Let’s set our eyes on some obvious facts. Given that Tencent is now the second-largest stakeholder at Krafton Inc. and being the 6th largest Tech company in the world it would not be astonishing that Tencent acquires Krafton Inc. in the recent future. Also being at the decision-making position in Krafton Inc. Tencent is evident to have access to some of the data that are being generated from India.
Where is the Data transferred to then?
Battle ground Mobile India has claimed that the data fabricated from India are being stored in Singapore and Indian-based servers, but sources reveal that Battle ground Mobile India data are being bartered through various IP inventories multiple of them belonging to CMCC (China Mobile Communication Company).
Arjun Sha (blogger on Twitter) recently posted that during the launch of BGMI trials Pi-Hole (A network monitoring tool) intercepted connections to http://cloud.gsdk.proximabeta.com whose domain of this registrant is in China.
Furthermore, it was found using IP address trackers that data was being traced by Aceville Pte Ltd. a subsidiary of Tencent.
All we can do is wait for Battle ground Mobile India
Given the above facts, further research is being done that the data being transferred to China are game-based data or user’s private data. Which can only be concluded upon the official launch of the game on the Playstore. Up till now, the game has received a very warm welcome into the country, and love for our favorite game has certainly hasn’t decreased in the last 9 months.
September 2, 2020. Black day for the gamer’s community in India. Along with hundreds of other Chinese apps, PUBG was banned in India under section 69A of the Information Technology (IT) Act. “It is engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of the state and public order.”, said the Indian Government. Agreed. Nothing comes before The Nation and National Security. The rift between the army men of both the countries at the borders had to have some dire consequences. You can also read What is 5G Technology?