It seems that Battlegrounds Mobile India aka PUBG does not share data with China servers when you play the game. Krafton appears to have released a small update to the game to fix the issue. The update is automatic when you boot up the game and is of a few kilobytes. After applying it, you’ll be prompted to restart the game and log into your account. On running a packet sniffer while playing through two entire matches, we noticed that Battlegrounds Mobile India was not pinging a single Chinese server.
In fact, the only time it did during our check was when we deleted our app data, and even then, the server it pinged was a Proxima Beta server. This is most likely due to the account migration feature that Krafton has enabled, allowing Indian PUBG Mobile accounts to carryover in-app purchases and progress to Battlegrounds Mobile India. We reached out to Krafton for comment and will update this story if we hear from the company.
This should have Battlegrounds Mobile India fans breathing a sigh of relief. Reason being, over the weekend IGN India reported that the game was sharing data with China Mobile Communications Corporation, a state-owned conglomerate.
Following this, the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on India’s Data Protection Bill and BJP Member of Parliament, Meenakshi Lekhi has tweeted asking the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) “to look into it”.
— Meenakashi Lekhi (@M_Lekhi) June 20, 2021
That said, sources familiar with Krafton’s plans told IGN India that the company is aware of user data being passed on to servers in China and is working to rectify this.
For what it’s worth we found Battlegrounds Mobile India to be a competent return of India’s favourite battle royale game despite being riddled with heavy-handed messaging and features.