In a recent development, the Secretary-General of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), Praveen Khandelwal has reportedly urged the Minister of Electronics and Information Technology to ban Battlegrounds Mobile India, citing security concerns.
Notably, this is not the first time that a ban on BGMI has been sought. Earlier, various politicians have also written to the central government to ban the game after the pre-registration process was made live in May.
Prior to this, the MLA from Arunachal Pradesh, Ninong Ering, Member of Parliament from Telangana, Arvind Dharmapuri, Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha, Abhishek Sanghvi and MLA from Maharashtra Ashok Nete had also spoken against the game’s release in India.
It is further being learned, the CAIT has urged the ministry to take action against the pre-launch of Battlegrounds Mobile India, in a letter addressed to Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Minister of Law and Justice.
Google should not allow its platform for apps that endanger India's national security: CAIT
"We are of the considered opinion that as a responsible platform, Google should not allow its platform for apps that endanger India's national security and data privacy of millions of its citizens. It is noteworthy to mention that various Public Representatives from across India and millions of concerned citizens have already pointed out the dangers of the relaunch of the game and have asked for strict action against these companies for trying to sidestep these laws," the letter read.
“We request your good self to please immediately take cognizance of this grave issue and take necessary action to ensure that Google, going forward, does not allow and help these mischievous and dangerous companies in circumventing and disregarding the India law and legal process and questions India's territorial integrity,” it added.
The response to the early access for Battlegrounds Mobile India, which was opened for all users recently, has been nothing short of overwhelming. Live streams by content creators like Mortal, Scout, and Dynamo have all recorded more than 200K live watching. The game already has 5 million downloads.