“PUBG Mobile and BGMI are different from each other”: IT Ministry responses to a PIL

A man from Hyderabad had filed a PIL at Telangana HC seeking ban on BGMI. Here is what the IT Ministry replied.

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The Ministry of Information and Technology in India has put several speculations of BGMI getting banned in the country to rest. In its response to PIL filed by a Hyderabad man, the representative from MEITY has responded that PUBG Mobile and BGMI are different games.

The aftereffects of imposing a ban on Free Fire along with 54 other Chinese applications in the country was seen in the field of Battlegrounds Mobile India as numerous rumors of Krafton’s battle-royale game getting banned in the country circulated online as people believed BGMI was just a PUBG in disguise. A middle-aged man from Hyderabad filed a PIL claiming ban on the game.

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IT Ministry responses to a PIL seeking ban on BGMI

"PUBG Mobile and BGMI are different from each other": IT Ministry responses to a PIL
BGMI and PUBG Mobile

Anil Stevenson Jangam, an advocated residing in Hyderabad had filed a PIL (Public Interest Litigation) at the Telangana High Court seeking ban on the immensely popular game, Battlegrounds Mobile India. In his PIL, the man had stated that BGMI is starkingly similar to PUBG Mobile which was banned in 2020. The PIL stated-

"BGMI and the banned application PUBG Mobile are the same game with only cosmetic changes. The new application Battlegrounds Mobile India is fraught with all the dangers its banned earlier version posed to our children and adolescents. Therefore, the new version also deserves to be banned."

The advocate also stated that Tencent is trying to enter the country through Front companies and it directly threatens the security of India. The man from Hyderabad believes that the High Court should immediately take measures to regulate online game and alert the Central government on this.

On the other hand, N. Samaya Balan, who is the representative from MEITY (Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology) responded that PUBG Mobile and BGMI (Battlegrounds Mobile India) are different from each other. In addition to that, the central ministry also informed Telangana HC that they had not received any request of imposing a ban on the game.

"PUBG Mobile and BGMI are different from each other": IT Ministry responses to a PIL
Battlegrounds Mobile India

It is worth mentioning here that this is not the first time that some authorities wish the game to be restricted in the country. The game received mixed responses and even CAIT (Confederation of All India Traders) seeked a ban on the game. Few days ago, an Assam-based NGO presented a similar request to the central authorities.

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