Bad news for PUBG Mobile India? Apex children’s rights body demands legislation before launch

India’s main children’s rights body, NCPCR, has said that it will not be appropriate to relaunch the popular PUBG gaming app in the country until there is legislation for such online games, according to officials. PUBG was one of 118 Chinese mobile apps banned by the government in September this year.

The government had said that these applications “are detrimental to the sovereignty and integrity of India, the defense of India, state security and public order.” PUBG, which was previously distributed in India by China’s Tencent Games, has asked the government for permission to relaunch in the country. In a meeting called to discuss the proposal, the president of the National Commission for the Protection of Children’s Rights (NCPCR), Priyank Kanoongo, “strongly recommended” not to relaunch the mobile application in India until there are Adequate legislation for such online games, officials said.

When asked about it, Kanoongo said that an internal meeting was held to discuss the matter. “It was an internal meeting and prima facie, the NCPCR is not in favor of recommending such games in the country,” Kanoongo told PTI. During the meeting, it was also noted that gambling resulted in the loss of many lives in the country, a senior official said. No response had been received from PUBG to the queries sent by PTI.