Battlegrounds Mobile India, which is seen as the desi version of PUBG Mobile India, faced a serious allegation over the weekend when an IGN India report claimed that Battlegrounds Mobile India was sending some user data to a server located in China.
The report claimed that the data of Battlegrounds Mobile India players was being sent to a China Mobile Communications server. The report added that the server to which data of Battlegrounds Mobile India players was sent is owned by the Chinese state-owned telecom operator. The report added that Battlegrounds Mobile India also established connections with Tencent servers. IGN, however, claimed in its new report that Battlegrounds Mobile India developers Krafton has fixed the bug and the data of Battlegrounds Mobile India players are no longer being sent to Chinese data servers.
The spokesperson has further added, “The data shared to third parties are ONLY to enable certain game features. In the meantime, Krafton will continue to closely monitor and protect any data being transferred to unexpected and restricted IP addresses prior to the official launch.” It is not clear as to which ‘game features’ did the spokesperson refer to, and if these said features were optional. IGN India’s report from earlier today claimed that the only time that BGMI appears to be pinging a China data server at the moment is when a user requests their existing PUBG Mobile data to be ported to BGMI. The latter is still understandable since PUBG Mobile was published and operated by Tencent Gaming, which is based in China.
Notably, PUBG Mobile India was banned by the Indian government in September 2020 due to data privacy concerns.
Meanwhile, Krafton initiated Battlegrounds Mobile India’s Early Access/Open Beta on the Android platform on Thursday (June 18).
Interested players can now download Battlegrounds Mobile India on their Android devices. The PUBG Mobile India lovers can do that using the APK and OBB files or via the Google Play Store.
How to download Battlegrounds Mobile India using APK+ OBB files and Google Play StoreAPK and OBB files
Notably, the size of the APK file is 72 MB, while the size of OBB file is 637 MB. This means that the Battlegrounds Mobile India players need to have sufficient storage on their phones in order to download the desi version of PUBG Mobile India.
Step 1: Download both APK and OBB files of Battlegrounds Mobile India using the links provided above.
Step 2: Next, install the APK file, but do not open it yet. Change the name of the OBB file to “main.15255.com.pubg.imobile”
Step 3: Paste the OBB to Android/OBB/com.pubg.imobile
Step 4: After this, gamers need to open the application of Battlegrounds Mobile India and select between either of the two Resource Packs.
Step 5: Finally, they can log in to enjoy playing Battlegrounds Mobile India
According to Krafton, the progress of the Early Access will be saved and available with the final release of Battlegrounds Mobile India.