Government should shut down multiplayer online video game BGMI-PUBG, says non-profit organization, as it is a new avatar of banned Chinese gaming software PUBG and poses a major threat to security, sovereignty and integrity of India. The RSS – Affiliate Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) responded to the issue by saying that the government should investigate the “China background and influence” of the BGMI-PUBG app and take “swift action if of breach”.
“In less than a year, PUBG was reintroduced in India by a Tencent front company – Krafton under the new name BGMI – a move that was intended to circumvent Indian decision makers,” he claimed. On paper, PRAHAR said, Tencent is Krafton’s second largest shareholder with 15.5% stake.
Urging the government to block BGMI-PUBG, the non-profit organization PRAHAR wrote separate letters to Home Minister Amit Shah and Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and said that Chinese multinational conglomerate Tencent Holdings Limited had launched PUBG in India which was one of the most downloaded games when it was banned in 2020.
“However, Tencent is said to have additional interests in the developer’s various businesses, through private deals hidden from the public, which gives them extraordinary control over Krafton,” the nonprofit organization said, adding, “Most global media also refer to Krafton as Tencent-backed Krafton. In its IPO prospectus, Krafton also acknowledged its strategic partnership with Tencent, and the two companies have fought and won lawsuits. in federal courts in the United States and Germany in January 2022, PRAHAR said.
Recently, the United States also added sites operated by Tencent and Alibaba to its “notorious marketplaces list” of companies for allegedly trading counterfeit products, he added.
“We therefore request your ministry to include the Chinese app BGMI-PUBG in the list of banned apps in India under Section 69A of the IT Act in the interests of the sovereignty and integrity of the ‘India, India’s defence, state security and public order and prevent millions of unsuspecting players from falling into the Chinese trap,’ he said in his letters to Ministers, PRAHAR said Tencent had come under scrutiny in several countries, including the United States, where a national security committee is investigating its holdings in several gaming companies.
“Free Fire was another gaming app that was banned on February 14. Since Tencent also owns an 18.7% stake in Free Fire, this raises a fundamental question: if Free Fire was banned, why was BGMI PUBG exempt? the nonprofit organization said. Since the government does not have a mechanism or the machinery to closely monitor the movements of companies like Tencent, banning apps like Chinese BGMI PUBG is in the interests of both the country and of his people, he added.
“Such camouflage activities are nothing but Ravana disguised as a Sadhu.” he added. In its statement, PRAHAR said it was joined by Swadeshi Jagran Manch on the matter to demand an investigation into China’s background and influence on BGMI-PUBG.
“We urge the government to thoroughly investigate China’s background and influence on the BGMI-PUBG app and take immediate action if any violations occur,” the nonprofit organization said, citing MJS co-organizer Ashwani Mahajan in his reaction to the issue.
Summary of news:
- A non-profit organization has called for a ban on ‘BGMI-PUBG’, claiming it is a new avatar of the banned Chinese show ‘PUBG’.
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