Krafton’s Battlegrounds Mobile India is available for early access in India (Android devices only) and have already crossed 5 million downloads since the game started early access for everyone before the release of the stable version in India.
In the early access the Battlegrounds Mobile India appears to be rebranded version of Tencent’s PUBG Mobile with a few tweaks and changes and some users have reported of PUBG Mobile content in the game.
Tencent’s PUBG Mobile is currently banned in India since last year, due to geo-political tensions with China.
IGN India has reported that Battleground Mobile India is sending data to servers located in China with more specific details tells that the data is being send and received from China Mobile Communications (Chinese state-owned company) servers in Beijing, the Tencent-run Proxima Beta in Hong Kong, as well as Microsoft Azure servers located in the US, Mumbai, and Moscow.
In its research the news portal found that the logs on their device regarding Battlegrounds Mobile India notifying the following servers related to Tencent as well:
- http://astat.bugly.qcloud.com (Qcloud is a cloud computing platform run by Tencent)
- http://down.anticheatexpert.com (Tencent’s anti-cheat solution)
Krafton’s Battlegrounds Mobile India policy states that the personal information of players would be stored and processed on servers based in India and Singapore, it also mentions that the company may “transfer your data to other countries” in order to meet “legal requirements”, perhaps giving the company a way out to do this.
Currently, the game has also reached eyes of some politicians in India that has voiced to ban the game in India as it appears to be rebranded version of the PUBG Mobile.