While Krafton Inc. and its subsidiary in India continue to negotiate with the Indian government to bring its popular mobile battle royale game PUBG Mobile back into the region, it appears that another government agency is standing in the way of making that happen.
Several Indian media outlets are quoting an official from the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) as saying that it would be inappropriate to relaunch the game in the region until legislation is in place to deal with such online games. In a meeting called to discuss the proposal last week, NCPCR chairperson Priyank Kanoongo strongly recommended a delay in any plans to reinstate PUBG Mobile.
When asked separately about the meeting later, Kanoongo was quoted as saying, “It was an internal meeting and prima facie, the NCPCR is not in favor of recommending such games in the country.” Also, it was brought up by someone during this same meeting that the game has “led to loss of many lives in the country,” according to an unnamed senior official.
On Nov. 21, PUBG Corporation officially registered “PUBG India Private Limited” with India’s Ministry of Corporate Affairs, creating a legal entity to operate in the country. But according to reports citing sources inside the country’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY), the status of PUBG Mobile has not changed, and until it gets approval from this agency, it will not return to the country. Several reports also suggested that MEITY officials have rebuffed requests to meet with the game maker.
PUBG Mobile was banned alongside hundreds of other apps with ties to Chinese companies earlier this year as tensions between India and China escalated over an ongoing border dispute. In early November, India banned an additional 43 mobile apps with ties to China.
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