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Battlegrounds mobile India pre-registrations begin May 18 for PUBG fans

By Priyanka Verma 
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Battlegrounds Mobile India — the Indian version of the PUBG Mobile game — will be available for pre-registration starting May 18 on your Android phone.

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Krafton has announced that fans who pre-register can grab exclusive items and special rewards that they will be able to use once the game becomes available for download. The PUBG Mobile makers are opening pre-registration only for Android phones right now, which means you will have to visit Google Play Store on your phone.

For iOS, Krafton has not said anything about when registrations will begin on iPhone.

Krafton’s announcement comes days after it officially confirmed that PUBG Mobile is returning to India, however, in a new avatar. The new name Battlegrounds Mobile seems like an attempt to give a new identity to the battle royale game that the Indian government banned last year. To escape an ill fate this time, anything related to the word “PUBG” seems to have been avoided.In fact, Krafton is urging some game content creators in the country to avoid using the word “PUBG” and go for the new one, instead.

How to pre-register for Battlegrounds Mobile India

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Coming back to pre-registration, only Android phone users will be able to enrol their account for when the download becomes available. And for that, you need to have a Google Play account because pre-registration will take place only via the Google Play Store on your Android phone.

To pre-register, just visit Battlegrounds Mobile India in the store and tap on “Pre-register”, available on a green button on the side. Pre-registration means you have shown interest in the game and you will be notified of the developments happening to the game. Pre-registrations also help the developer gauge the interest of people in a particular app or game.

Battlegrounds Mobile India: Age restrictions, spending limits and what else is confirmed

It looks like Krafton is trying to address issues around addiction when it comes to teenagers and younger audiences. In its privacy policy for the upcoming game, players below 18 years of age will have new restrictions. They will need to register for the game with a phone number that belongs to their parent or guardian. It is not clear how Battlegrounds Mobile India will verify the age and what process will be used.

Further, those who are under the age of 18 can only access the game for a maximum time limit of three hours every day. The developer is also restricting their spending limits. Previously, there were reports of teens spending lakhs of rupees on the game for in-app purchases. Now, it will be limited to Rs 7,000 per day for under 18 players, with regard to the in-app purchases.

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Krafton is also trying to sort out the ‘privacy’ issues, which led to the eventual banning of the gaming in India. The company says all personal information will be stored, processed on servers in India and Singapore, though it may transfer data to other countries to meet legal requirements.

Battlegrounds Mobile India: Sanhok Map

While not much is known about the upcoming game and whether it will be really different from PUBG Mobile, Krafton posted a new teaser for the Sanhok map on the official Facebook page. The poster shows the Ban Tai map location from Sanhok, which is one of the 4×4 maps available in the game. The map was added to PUBG Mobile in September 2018. Based on the images shared so far, it looks like the game will be similar in design and spirit to original PUBG Mobile with some tweaks for India.

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