Jawaharlal National University (JNU) Professor Dr Gaurav Tyagi had filed an RTI with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and the Ministry of Home Affairs seeking a ban on the Indian version of PUBG Mobile, Battleground Mobile. India. . This was followed by his RTI reply by the ministries, which he Tweet shared via
In response to RTI, the Ministry of Home Affairs said that this game cannot be banned before its launch in India. However, it should also be noted that this does not mean that the government cannot ban the game, as the reply further states that after its launch in the country, MeitY has access to Section 69A of the IT Act, 2000. will play under. the right to impose restrictions.
At the same time, MeitY has only said in its reply that (translated) “Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has no role in allowing the launch of PUBG or any other company/mobile app in India”. The chances of a game getting banned before its launch are negligible, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be banned after its launch, as clarified by the home ministry, if the government has to deal with the game. If there is any problem regarding privacy then it will be a matter of concern for game developer Crafton.
At present, the release date of the game has not been shared. According to Leaks, this game is to be launched this week. However, KRAFton opened Early Access today with a very limited release, making a release unlikely this week. Overall, Crafton still has time for the company to discuss its policies with the government so that the game doesn’t face any restrictions after launch.
It was informed that neither the Ministry of Home Affairs nor MeitY has given any specific permission for the re-launch.
This becomes problematic because tomorrow other apps like TikTok, WeChat may just change their name and structure and launch again without addressing the underlying security issues.
— Dr. Gaurav Tyagi (@drtyagigaurav) 13 June 2021
Surely the reply of the ministry must have come as a disappointment to Gaurav Tyagi. Tyagi says that if the game is allowed to resume, other banned Chinese apps such as TikTok, WeChat, etc. will likewise re-enter India with a changed name and some changes. can try.