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PUBG and BGMI are the same, Indian government misled by Tencent should be banned, NGO says

PUBG and BGMI are the same, Indian government misled by Tencent should be banned, NGO says

PUBG and BGMI are the same, Indian government misled by Tencent should be banned, NGO says

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (aka PUBG) and Battlegrounds Mobile India (aka BGMI) are the same, and Tencent has misled the Indian government, a non-profit organization called Prahar has claimed. Calling for a ban on BGMI/PUBG, a senior NGO executive alleged that there was no company called Krafton India. BGMI is an Indian version of PUBG Mobile, which was launched exclusively for gamers in India after the government banned PUBG Mobile in the country. The Battle Royale game is developed and published by Krafton.

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Abhay Mishra, Chairman of Prahar, wrote in a letter to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeiTY) that according to documents available from the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA), the only Krafton in India is a papermaking company unrelated to Krafton of South Korea (developers of BGMI). Mishra said in the letter that Krafton had authorized Hyunil Sohn to represent the company, the same person authorized to represent PUBG India – inferring that Sohn represents Chinese company Tencent in India.

“At a meeting of the Board of Directors of Krafton Inc, in a resolution dated November 26, 2021, Hyunil Sohn was appointed to represent Krafton in relation to Battlegrounds Mobile India. At the same time, on November 26, 2021, PUBG India Pvt. Limited, by a resolution of the Board of Directors, has authorized the same Hyunil Sohn to represent PUBG India in relation to Battlegrounds Mobile India,” said Mishra.

Mishra asked that if PUBG and BGMI are different, why Krafton India, “the so-called” publisher of BGMI, allowed Hyunil Sohn of PUBG India Pvt. Ltd to represent the company? “Is Hyunil Sohn a representative of PUBG or BGMI or both? The answer is actually, he represents the Chinese company Tencent in India,” Mishra said in a communication sent to Gadgets 360.

Based on the inferences about the alleged “elaborate charade perpetrated by the Chinese company Tencent”, the NGO called for “a ban on the BGMI/PUBG app”. We’ve contacted Krafton to respond to the allegations, and we’ll update this space when we get back to you.

The development comes nearly two months after the government banned 54 China-related apps that pose a threat to the country’s security. Banned apps include Garena Free Fire, Xriver from Tencent, and Onmyoji Arena from NetEase. India has blocked nearly 300 apps in the country since border tensions erupted with China in May 2020.


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