PUBG Mobile somehow escaped Govt ban and Indians are wondering why
As popular as PUBG Mobile is, it is also often associated with the term “addiction” and there have been several calls to ban it in the past.
There’s always been a lot of confusion about the origin of PUBG Mobile since it is the mobile version of PUBG, an online multiplayer battle royale game made by South Korean video game company Bluehole subsidiary PUBG Corporation. PUBG Mobile isn’t made by the same subsidiary though — it is made by Shenzhen-based Tencent Games.
PUBG Mobile has millions of users around the world and India happens to be one of its biggest markets. The game is so popular that it even got a mention in one of PM Narendra Modi’s “Pariksha Pe Charcha” event where he jokingly asked a parent (who was complaining about how her kids were into online gaming) if “ye PUBG wala hain kya?” (is this a PUBG Mobile issue?).
As popular as PUBG Mobile is, it is also often associated with the term “addiction” and there have been several calls by state governments and National Commission for Protection of Child Rights to ban the game in India. Which is why, it’s surprising to see it escape the government ban.
The Indian Government banned 59 Chinese apps in our country keeping in mind the data security issues. Now, the department sends 77 questions to all the application owner companies and all are regarding the data security policies, contents the were serving, and lot more. There are also queries whether they censored their contents in favor of foreign governments or not, and they were connected with some influencers to promote their application or not.
Still, there is no information regarding lifting the ban form any of the 59 apps, buy some steps may be taken after getting the answers. For that, the Information Technology Ministry of India gives them a maximum of three weeks’ time.
Indian Government Asked 77 questions to 59 Chinese apps.
The major questions are related to censoring the contents uploaded or shown in their platforms. Specifically, if they censored any content related to Pulwama Attack of 2019 or not. Besides, they also asked whether they approached any celebrities in our country for promotion.
Apart from all these, the list also consists of a few other questions from the fields like advertising, privacy policies, their business structures, and most importantly faced investigations in other countries if any.
As I mentioned, all 59 app authorities have a maximum of three weeks’ time. On the other hand, TikTok, the video making Chinese app by ByteDance recently fined $155,000 in South Korea for mishandling child users data.