Early Access to Battlegrounds Mobile India went live on Thursday, 17 June. However, only a few people in the country were given access to the game as it is still in its beta mode of development.
The pre-registration for the game began on 18 May and received an overwhelmingly positive response. Several media reports claimed that the game would be available starting tomorrow, but it looks like the game developers will test out the game in India for some more time before rolling it out officially for everyone.
The Quint got an early access to the game and spotted that Battleground Mobile India is a replica of PUBG Mobile with minor tweaks in the features.
If you're a PUBG Mobile fan, right from when you open the game, everything will be familiar to you.
After playing the game for a while, we can conclude that there is no gameplay difference between Battleground Mobile and PUBG India.
However, the developers added a few feature such as:
While playing the game, you will hear safe gaming narration stating this is a simulation, it does not represent real life, and to not spend long hours playing
The game being exclusive to India which means that you won't be able to play with gamers across the world. You won't be able to switch between servers.
The blood in-game is now green instead of red. On the top left where it showed the number of players that are ‘Alive' and the number of players you've ‘Killed', now shows ‘Alive' and ‘Finished'
Nickname to create a character in-game
Nickname, email address, name, phone number, date of birth, etc to register for tournament(s) or e-sports event
Nickname, email address, name, phone numbers, etc. to provide customer service
Nickname, email address, name, phone number, gender, age, country of residence, etc for participation in survey(s), and other events
Device information (including IP address, device ID, device model, network type, OS version, time zone settings, screen resolution, etc.
Data from gameplay
Device event information, including crash reports and system activity details (eg whether you encountered an error playing our games or lost Internet access)
Users personal information will now be stored and processed on servers located in India and Singapore.
However, the game states that it might transfer users’ data to other countries to meet legal requirements.
'No Permission Granted to Battleground Mobile India': IT Ministry
An RTI applications filed by a critic, Dr Gaurav Tyagi, an assistant professor at JNU, revealed that the government did not give any permission to the game.
Responding to the RTI, the IT ministry said, "Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has no role in granting any permission for entry of PUBG or any company/Mobile app in India."
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.
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