MeitY confirms it has not granted permission for the launch of PUBG Mobile India
MediaNama filed an RTI query to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology of India asking if PUBG Mobile developers asked the ministry to grant them permission to launch PUBG Mobile under a new name PUBG Mobile India and also wanted to know MEITY's response to it.
MediaNama’s PUBG RTI to MEITY-
Whether Krafton Inc. or PUBG Corporation has sought permission from MEITY for a re-launch of PUBG Mobile.
Whether either company sought permission for a launch of a modified version called PUBG Mobile India.
If so, whether this request was granted.List of conditions placed before Krafton/PUBG Corp. by MEITY in order to approve the aforementioned application.
Copy of physical correspondence Krafton/PUBG Corp. with regard to user safety and any other associated issues with PUBG Mobile India application.
To the above RTI query filed by MediaName, MEITY responded by saying-
"MeitY does not grant permission for starting of any websites / mobile Apps/service. Accordingly, MeitY has not granted permission to PUBG / PUBG mobile India.”
Another RTI application was filed and the query, as well as the response, was posted by GEM Esports on their official Instagram handle. That query also got a similar response from the ministry- "MEITY has not given any permission for launch of PUBG.”
It is clear that the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) of India still hasn't granted permission for the launch of PUBG Mobile. PUBG Studio has to do a better job at convincing the Indian Government and ensure them that there won't be any theft of user data and PUBG Mobile India will not pose a threat to national security.