Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) has arrived, and it’s been a fairly successful return to action for what is essentially PUBG Mobile disguised in a few awkward guises. IGN India reported over the weekend that BGMI is still relaying some game data to China Mobile Communications, a Chinese state-owned telecom operator. Meenakshi Lekhi, the chairperson of the Indian data protection bill’s parliamentary committee, posted a Tweet to express her dissatisfaction with the situation and urge the IT ministry to investigate.
With Battlegrounds Mobile India, the debacle could be problematic for Krafton. The game was previously banned in its PUBG Mobile form after the Indian government removed over 250 apps from Indian cyberspace, citing their links to Chinese data servers as avenues that could jeopardize the country’s overall safety and national interest. According to the latest IGN India report, after this new update, which is very small and only a few kilobytes in size, BGMI will no longer share any data with any Chinese server.
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Krafton has made the update automatic, which means that anyone who has downloaded the game will see it applied to their app the next time they open it. After the update is installed, players will be required to restart the app, and no user data will reportedly be shared with any Chinese server. The decision to make the update automatic was made for obvious reasons: it ensures that no player of the game is left to implement it manually, allowing Krafton to ensure that this minor but critical update is automatically pushed to all.
So far, government officials have reportedly stated that the app does not have any explicit permission to operate, but that it also does not have any prohibitions. In this regard, Krafton claims that BGMI is a brand-new game, but it has been abundantly clear that Battlegrounds Mobile India is still very much what PUBG Mobile was.
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