Indian YouTubers, Streamers Playing PUBG Mobile Korean Version Could Be Penalized

PUBG Mobile is among India’s most successful mobile games. There were millions of downloads in the country for both its main edition and its Lite version. But on September 2, under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, the Indian government banned the game.

Despite the government’s ban on PUBG Mobile, people still use a virtual private network to download and play games that are international versions, like Korea (KR) (VPN).

A VPN is used to mask your IP and access websites that your internet service does not allow (ISP). While this is a way to play the game without seeing anyone, it is not stable enough as the player can face elevated ping issues. Also, as the Indian government banned the game in the country, it is illegal.

Adeeb Sayeed, a blogger, recently sent warning letters to such content creators to try to alert them of the consequences they could face for violating the law.

The fact that PUBG Mobile KR has cross-play features is what the content developers do not seem to understand, which means that it accesses the PUBG Mobile Global server. Since the Indian government blocks this, accessing any other material is against the law.

Many RTIs were filed after the ban to find out when PUBG Mobile was going to return to India. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) explained in its reply to the RTI that this clause of law does not exist. While the ban is enforced and standing, it added that there is no specified penalty for individual mobile app users who have breached the said ban.

However, under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000, there is a penalty prescribed for intermediaries that fail to comply with the blocking order. This means that for people playing or using the Korean version of the PUBG game, there is no penalty.

They are also, however, disobeying the enforced ban. YouTube streamers or content developers, on the other hand, may be prosecuted and penalised for openly violating the law in India for accessing banned software.

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