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China’s Tencent is controlling PUBG from background, says NGO calling for another ban

Rebranding efforts haven’t helped PUBG stay away from the spotlight after being banned by the Indian government.

Prahar, a non-profit organisation, has urged the Indian government to ban Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, news agency PTI and Economic Times reported. In its letter to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Ministry of Electronic and Information Technology (MeitY), the NGO alleged that the game poses a threat to the country. It also alleged that the Chinese multinational conglomerate Tencent Holdings Ltd still had a stake in the rebranded version of PUBG (BGMI) that was launched in 2021 after the Indian government banned the original along with other Chinese apps in 2020. "In less than a year, PUBG was re-introduced in India by a front company of Tencent -- Krafton under the new name of BGMI -- a move that was clearly meant to circumvent the Indian policymakers." — Prahar as quoted by PTI Although various reports cited that Prahar was located in Assam, when MediaNama contacted the NGO based in the northeastern state, it denied having made any such representation. We also reached out to a New Delhi-based NGO with the same name and will update this post if a response is received. This isn't the first time that questions have been raised over Korean company Krafton's ties with Tencent, in relation to the rebranded version of PUBG. China’s Tencent still holds stake in PUBG: Prahar Prahar reportedly said that Tencent Holdings has a 15.5% stake in Krafton. It pointed out that Tencent also has an 18.7% stake in Garena Free Fire, a…

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