Despite the government’s ban on PUBG Mobile, people are still downloading and playing the game which are foreign versions including Korea (KR).Also Read - PUBG Mobile India Launch Date: What's The Current Status ? When is it Releasing? Check All Latest Updates Here
Indian YouTubers who have been taking advantage of a VPN service and livestreaming or uploading videos of their PUBG Mobile KR gameplays could now be penalized. Also Read - Good News For PUBG Fans! Battle Royale Game Likely to Join Hands With Google For Its Early Release - Check Latest Updates
A blogger recently sent letters to such gamers warning them that they could face consequences for breaking the law. Also Read - PUBG Mobile Global Version: Check Full List of Redeem Codes in 2020 & Steps to Use Them | Latest Updates
To this, creators from the Indian gaming community asked for a “text from the government, explicitly saying that the PUBG Mobile KR (Korean) version of the game is banned.”
So, will PUBG Mobile KR gamers or organisers (intermediaries) have a big penalty imposed on them?
BGR.in said, “Many have been breaking the law and playing the Korean or global versions of the game, using a virtual private network (VPN) service. Though many of them will not be caught, as a VPN service masks your IP and masks the incoming data packets with an encryption layer.”
It added, “However, many streamers tournament organizers and esports organizations can face penalties as they have been putting out content for the banned game.”
A report in a tech website said that what the gamers do not seem to understand is that PUBG Mobile KR has cross-play functionality, which means that it accesses the PUBG Mobile Global server, which is blocked by the government. And using a VPN service to bypass the ban and access any such content is against the law, the report said.
The Indian government banned the PUBG Mobile India game under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act as the app has been engaging in activities prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity, defence and security of India. PUBG Mobile India was anned along with other Chinese apps in the country in September.
However, despite all restrictions, PUBG Mobile continues to be one of the most popular games in India and PUBG Mobile global versions saw huge downloads in the country.
An RTI was filed by a law student Prasoon Shekhar to inquire about the provision of law if somebody disobeys the ban imposed on Chinese apps like CamScanner, PUBG Mobile and others.
To which the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) responded saying: “MeitY does not ban any app. However, blocking of specified apps was done under the provisions of Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 and its Rules namely Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking Access of Information by the Public) Rules, 2009. Section 69A of the Act provides for a penalty to intermediaries for non-compliance of the blocking order. However, no penalty is prescribed for individual users of such apps.”