Battlegrounds Mobile India found exchanging data with servers in China

Battlegrounds Mobile India has been found exchanging data of Indian players with servers in China, including one belonging to PUBG Mobile publisher Tencent.

According to reports, Battlegrounds Mobile India does adhere to what Krafton stated last year during the time of announcing PUBG Mobile India and also this year while rolling out Battlegrounds Mobile for Android users in India. IGN India leveraged a data packet sniffer app prior to playing a match on Battlegrounds Mobile India, and it was discovered later on that the game is in fact sharing data with servers in China along with other servers that are not local.

The log of the packer sniffer app reveals numerous IP addresses that Battlegrounds Mobile India leverages to establish a connection with several things. On leveraging whois search, IGN India discovered that there was one major IP address that company usually used and it belonged to Chinese state-owned telecom operator China Mobile Communications Corporation. As per reports the server is in Beijing. It has been claimed that the game was sending out device data, which was backed by screenshots.

Not only the state-owned telecom organisations, Battlegrounds Mobile India formed connections with Tencent servers. A ping server, a server that was linked to Qcloud was identified, which is a Tencent owned cloud platform as well as an anti-cheat server of Tencent that PUBG Mobile leverages to identify cheaters in the game. The IP addresses in the whois log reveal that Battlegrounds Mobile is in fact sending data to China, however whether or not it is storing it for some purpose is yet not clear. Other than China, the game interacts with servers in the US, Moscow, as well as Tencent-run Proxima Beta in Hong Kong. All this is not in line with what Krafton had promised.

Also, pings to servers in India were also noticed. Battlegrounds Mobile forms server connections with Microsoft Azure centres based in Mumbai. Previous year, the company stated that it will store and process data related to Indian players only on servers that are in India and Singapore, however the privacy policy states that there might be data transfer “to other countries” so as to confirm with the “legal requirements”. If this goes the legal way, Krafton may soon be required to find a way out. However, the government of Indian will have the final say in this matter.

PUBG Mobile and 117 other apps were banned in India last year as they were considered a threat to the country’s sovereignty as well as security. The most simple explanation given for the ban is that all these apps were said to be connected with a Chinese company. Although these apps were banned last year, there was no clarity on the companies who developed these apps. This is the reason why many China based companies are still . operating in India.