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Game on: PUBG returns as Battlegrounds Mobile India

Gamers under the age of 18 will only be able to play for a maximum of three hours per day.

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NEW DELHI: It’s ‘winner winner, chicken dinner’ time again as popular mobile gaming phenomenon PUBG is all set to make a comeback in India, in a new avatar. The game’s South Korea-based developer Krafton has officially announced the relaunch of the game, now rebranded as Battlegrounds Mobile India.

While Krafton has not revealed the exact date of the launch, it has assured that the multi-player game will be available to play soon. The official website of Battlegrounds Mobile India has already gone live and the company has also released an official teaser of the game.

Ever since the government imposed ban last year, PUBG fans have been playing a game of Schrödinger's cat, as the game developers teased a relaunch every now and then without any concrete details to offer.

Battlegrounds Mobile India, a battle royale experience, will have a period of pre-registration before the launch. The game will be available to play only in India. Krafton will collaborate with partners to build an esports ecosystem while bringing in-game content regularly, starting with a series of India specific in-game events at launch, to be announced later.

With privacy and data security being a top priority, Krafton will be working with partners to ensure data protection and security at each stage, the company said in a statement. "This will ensure privacy rights are respected, and all data collection and storage will be in full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations in India," it added.

Even though gameplay and other related details are yet to be revealed, the privacy policy and terms of service for the game, published under its new website by Krafton, detail at great length how Battlegrounds Mobile India is approaching its widest base of to-be users – minors, or any gamer under 18 years of age. These details include limitations in terms of duration of gaming, maximum daily spending limit and parental consent.

According to the Battlegrounds Mobile India privacy policy, gamers under the age of 18 will only be able to play the game for a maximum of three hours per day. Krafton has also restricted the maximum spending limit in the game down to Rs 7,000 per day. The two limits likely seek to address controversies that had surrounded PUBG Mobile prior to its ban, in terms of the levels of addiction that it stirred among gamers playing the title in the country.

With this, Battlegrounds Mobile India looks set to begin its journey in the country again. The title will be up for pre-registrations soon, and open access will follow soon.

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