PUBG Banned But No Curbs on PUBG Mobile India Launch, Reveals RTI

PUBG mobile was banned by the Indian government in September last year, citing that the game was a threat to the “sovereignty, integrity, defence, and security of the country”. Ever since, there has been several attempts by Krafton to bring the battle royale game back in the country.

This means that Krafton developers did not take any formal permission to launch the game in India.

It should be noted that MeiTy can still ban the game, but only once it is launched under the provisions of section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000, the RTI further states.

The Ministry of Home Affairs, in its statement, said, “MHA does not grant permission for launching any app. Meity issues blocking direction for any mobile applications under the provisions of section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 and its rules, namely the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking for Access of Information for Public) Rules, 2009, in the interest of sovereignty and integrity of India, security of state and defence of India etc. Regarding vii, CPIO is not supposed to provide opinion under RTI Act.”

Pre-registration for Battlegrounds Mobile India have been open since 18 May. Recent posts from Krafton suggest that the game will launch on 18 June.

Indian Embassy in Korea Met With Krafton Officials

Earlier, in 2020, it was reported that PUBG Corporation executives are running the government officials for more than a month for a meeting but they are yet to get an appointment from the government side.

However, a new RTI filed by, a technology website revealed that officials from Krafton Inc met with officials from the Indian embassy in Seoul on 13 August 2020.

In the RTI, the Indian embassy refused to provide e-mails it received from Krafton, citing “stringent Korean Privacy laws”. It also said that it didn’t maintain any records of the August meeting with Krafton, which it said was held at the request of the company, reported Medianama.

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