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PUBG Mobile: Indian embassy in Korea met with Krafton officials last August, no records available

You're reading it here first: Even as PUBG Mobile struggles to make a comeback after being banned in India, it has emerged that officials from Krafton Inc. met with officials from the Indian embassy in Seoul on August 13, 2020, according to a response to an RTI filed by MediaNama. Krafton is the Korean game developer that owns the PUBG brand, and publishes the PC and console versions of the game. Tencent, the Chinese internet company and an investor in Krafton, publishes the wildly popular PUBG Mobile in most countries, including in India until last year. After the border skirmishes with China last year, the mobile game was banned in September, and Krafton took over publishing rights from Tencent in a bid to get the game back in the market. In the RTI, the Indian embassy refused to provide emails it received from Krafton, citing "stringent Korean Privacy laws". It also said that it didn't maintain any records of the August meeting with Krafton, which it said was held at the request of the company. Two months after this meeting, Krafton announced that it would invest US$100 million in India. A Krafton representative said they will reach out in case they have a comment; we will update this post if we receive any further details of the emails and the meeting from the company. Krafton has renamed the game Battlegrounds Mobile India here, and while pre-registrations for the app have been open for almost a month, the company has not explicitly…

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