BGMI Set to Return to India After 10-Month Ban

Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) is set to make a comeback in the country and will soon be available for download. Krafton, the Korean publisher, has received approval from the Indian government to resume operations of this highly popular battle-royale game. BGMI was banned in July last year due to concerns regarding privacy and security, resulting in its complete removal from the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store. This ban also had an impact on the mobile e-sports scene in India. BGMI is now the first app among the hundreds banned by the government in recent years to return to India.

BGMI Set to Return to India After 10-Month Ban

In a press release, Sean Hyunil Sohn, CEO of Krafton India, expressed gratitude towards the Indian authorities for allowing the resumption of BGMI operations. He also thanked the Indian gaming community for their support and patience during the past few months. Sohn eagerly announced that Battlegrounds Mobile India would soon be available for download, eagerly awaiting the return of players to their platform. He also highlighted the game’s impressive achievements in India, surpassing 100 million users within a year since its launch in July 2021.

BGMI Set to Return to India After 10-Month Ban

 

After the ban on PUBG Mobile, BGMI, an exclusive version of the game for India, emerged on the scene, revitalising the e-sports ecosystem in the country through numerous official and unofficial events. One such event was the “Masters Series,” a tournament broadcasted live on Star Sports 2 last year, with Global Esports emerging as the champions. Vibhor Kukreti, Head of Government Affairs at Krafton India, emphasised that Krafton is a responsible South Korean organisation that complies with the law and has implemented measures to ensure compliance with regulations. Users were encouraged to prioritise their well-being and adopt responsible gaming practices.

However, it’s important to note that, according to a report from News18, BGMI is expected to return initially for a trial period of three months only. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) will closely monitor its operations during this time to ensure compliance with the Indian government’s rules. Additionally, the game is said to be returning with certain adjustments, such as a set time limit to restrict the number of hours players can spend in the game and changes to the gore effects. Previously, players could modify the colour of blood to blue or green through in-game settings, but this change is expected to become permanent.

In March, MeitY also removed Dead by Daylight Mobile, a co-op survival horror game developed by Behaviour Interactive, from Indian mobile platforms. Although no explicit reason was provided, it is speculated that the removal was related to the game’s publisher, NetEase, which is a Chinese firm responsible for distributing the game in Southeast Asia, Japan, and Korea. As mentioned earlier, the Indian government has previously banned several Chinese apps due to security concerns.

Currently, there is no specific release date available for Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI), but it is expected to be available for both Android and iOS, similar to its previous availability.

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