PUBG Battlegrounds Mobile India Now Officially Announced by Krafton

by Lingraj Sahu

PUBG Mobile India has released a new poster on its social media platforms that reveals that it will indeed launch as Battlegrounds Mobile India.

PUBG Battlegrounds Mobile: PUBG Mobile India has an official announcement for Indian gaming enthusiasts, finally after months. The company has released a new poster on its social media platforms that reveals that the game will indeed launch as Battlegrounds Mobile India. A report earlier this week suggested that the battle royale game PUBG Mobile India will launch as Battlegrounds Mobile India. The official teaser poster confirms the leak. The launch timeline has not been revealed yet.

PUBG Battlegrounds Mobile

KRAFTON has said that the process of pre-registration of Battlegrounds Mobile India will be started for Indian users first. Only then will the mobile game be launched. The company has further stated that Battlegrounds Mobile India is only for Indian users.

PUBG Battlegrounds Privacy and data are the first priority

According to the Battlegrounds Mobile India privacy policy, gamers under the age of 18 will only be able to play the game for a maximum of three hours per day. Krafton has also restricted the maximum spending limit in the game down to Rs 7,000 per day. The two limits likely seek to address controversies that had surrounded PUBG Mobile prior to its ban, in terms of the levels of addiction that it stirred among gamers playing the title in the country. Numerous reports surfaced on a nearly everyday basis citing instances of suicide, self-harm or even damage to those around by minors, once restricted of game time on PUBG Mobile.

PUBG Battlegrounds Mobile

As part of its terms of service for Battlegrounds Mobile India, Krafton has also specified that under-18 gamers will need to enter a contact number belonging to their parents and gain subsequent consent from them in order to play the game. The Korean publishing house has also added a clearly worded explanation of parental control, stating that parents concerned about minors having given the game consent to collect private data without proper oversight can directly write to Krafton to have their data removed.

The new spending limit imposed in Battlegrounds Mobile India comes as a recourse to previous reports that had cited numerous instances of minors taking extreme measures to gain access to financial instruments, which allowed them to spend on in-game items – a by-product of addiction to the previous edition of the game. With this, Battlegrounds Mobile India looks set to begin its journey in the country again. The title will be up for pre-registrations soon, and open access will follow soon.

PUBG Battlegrounds Mobile

Notably, in September last year, 118 mobile apps including PUBG were banned by the Government of India. A statement issued by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology stated that 118 mobile apps were a threat to India’s sovereignty and integrity, India’s defense, state security, and public order. The ban was imposed keeping the security of Indian users in mind.

Earlier this year, union minister Prakash Javadekar said that PUBG is one of the games that are “violent, explicit, addictive, and tend to create a complex in the mind of children”. The minister also said the government is planning to set up a centre of excellence in gaming that would promote the Indian cultural ethos, instead of violence. He added that the gaming centre will teach courses on VFX, gaming, and animation so that Indian games promoting the cultural ethos can be developed. And these courses are likely to be available this year.

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