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Battlegrounds Mobile India controversy: This is how Krafton reacted after accusations started flying

Battlegrounds Mobile India was recently rolled out to some users as part of a public beta.
Battlegrounds Mobile India was recently rolled out to some users as part of a public beta. (KRAFTON)

Battlegrounds Mobile India: Here’s what Krafton said about the recent controversy surrounding the popular PUBG Mobile replacement game in India.

Controversy, thy name is Battlegrounds Mobile India. BGMI became not only one of the most highly anticipated games in the country this year, but also one of the most scrutinised one given the history of its predecessor – PUBG Mobile India. With that serving as a warning, you would expect the company, Krafton, to steer as far away from creating more controversy as it could. Yet that is not what has happened. The latest controversy that the game generated was also the one that got PUBG Mobile India banned in the first place - sharing data with China-based servers! This was soon found out and reports emerged that the company had indeed been connecting to servers outside the country, including China, the United States and Russia. One would think that Krafton would have known better, especially as Battlegrounds Mobile India ban calls have increased with even traders body CAIT asking the government to take action in a strong letter.

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The issue was first reported by IGN India, which identified the remote servers the game was connecting to. This forced Krafton to issue a fix to the game and the publication then said that it could no longer detect any traffic going to external servers. Meanwhile, Krafton itself issued a statement on Tuesday that admitted data was being shared with foreign servers!

Here’s what Krafton had to say about the Battlegrounds Mobile India data transfer issue:

Working to ensure Battlegrounds Mobile India complies with Indian laws

Krafton, the game’s publisher said in the statement that it was working to “fully comply with the Indian laws and regulations” as the company works towards officially launching the game in the country. Gamers will recall that Battlegrounds Mobile India is still in a public beta test and is not accessible to all users via the Play Store. “with privacy, player data safety and protection being our top priority, KRAFTON is taking the concerns raised very seriously and has taken immediate, concrete actions to address this issue,” the company stated.

Third-party solutions used by Battlegrounds Mobile India

According to Krafton, Battlegrounds Mobile India uses third party solutions to provide unique game features which is how some data was shared with third party solutions. The company stated that their privacy policy states that the app may transfer some data “with users’ consent to the privacy policy and choosing to migrate their accounts.” It also added that no data was shared in violation of the privacy policy.

Well, controversy sells, or doesn't it?

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