Crafton Inc., a South Korean video game company, and the maker of BATTLEGROUNDS MOBILE INDIA (BGMI), finds it difficult to distinguish itself from its previous Chinese origins. Prahor, a non-profit organization working for socio-economic development, wrote a letter Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEIT) are requesting to ban Battleground Mobile India (BGMI) under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act. The NGO wants the app to be banned on the grounds that it is a threat to India’s sovereignty and integrity.
The request came just days after the government banned 54 Chinese apps on February 14, 2022. The NGO has requested the government to add BGMI to its list of 54 Chinese apps. It claims that Krafton, a South Korean studio that publishes BGMI, is a front company of China’s leading internet company. Tencent Holdings.
“Tencent Holdings launched PUBG in India, and it was one of the most downloaded games when it was banned in 2020. Less than a year later, PUBG was re-launched in India by a front company of Tencent-Krafton. The new name is BGMI – a move that “Obviously, it was to deter Indian policymakers,” Prahar said in the letter.
The letter further claims that Tencent Crafton is the second largest shareholder with 15.5% of the stock.