Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) is set to make a comeback and will soon be available for download in India. Krafton, the Korean publisher, has confirmed that they have received permission from the Indian government to resume operations of the popular battle-royale game. Last year, the game was banned due to concerns regarding privacy and security, resulting in its removal from the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store. This ban had a significant impact on the mobile e-sports scene in India. BGMI is now the first app to return to India out of the many apps that were banned in the past.
Sean Hyunil Sohn, CEO of Krafton India, expressed gratitude to the Indian authorities for allowing them to resume operations. He also thanked the Indian gaming community for their support and patience during the past few months. Sohn further added that BGMI will be available for download soon and they are eagerly looking forward to welcoming players back to the platform. He also highlighted the game’s achievements, including surpassing 100 million users within a year of its launch in July 2021.
Following the ban on PUBG Mobile, BGMI was introduced as an exclusive version of the game for the Indian market. It revived the e-sports ecosystem in the country with various official and unofficial events. One such event was the ‘Masters Series’ tournament, which was broadcasted on Star Sports 2 last year and won by Global Esports. Vibhor Kukreti, Head Government Affairs at Krafton India, emphasized that Krafton is a responsible organization that complies with the law and has implemented measures to ensure regulatory compliance. They also urged users to prioritize their well-being and practice responsible gaming.
According to a report from News18, BGMI will initially make a comeback for a trial period of three months. During this period, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) will closely monitor the game’s activity to ensure compliance with government rules. The game is expected to return with certain adjustments, including a time limit to restrict gameplay hours and changes to the gore effects. Previously, players could modify the color of blood in the game settings, but this change is likely to be made permanent/default.
In March, MeitY also removed Dead by Daylight Mobile, a co-op survival horror game published by Behaviour Interactive, from Indian mobile stores. No explicit reason was provided, but it is speculated that the decision was related to the game’s distribution by NetEase, a Chinese firm, in Southeast Asia, Japan, and Korea. It is worth noting that the Indian government has previously banned several Chinese apps due to security concerns.
There are currently no specific release details for Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI), but it is expected to be available on Android and iOS, as it was before.
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