PUBG Mobile Alternative BGMI Banned In India? Company Responds

NEW DELHI: After PUBG Mobile was banned in India, South Korean game developer Krafton made a comeback in the Indian market after a year by relaunching the same game with minor tweaks and calling it Battlegrounds Mobile India or BGMI. But it seems that BGMI is also banned in India.

While there is no official statement from the IT ministry yet, it has been confirmed that the BGMI game will be removed from both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. Krafton also confirmed the development, saying, “We are clarifying how BGMI has been removed from the Google Play Store and App Store and will let you know as soon as we receive specific information.”

Although the game has been removed from the app stores, if you have already installed the game on your smartphone, you can still play the game until such time as it is possible.

Meanwhile, Google has officially said it has received an official government order to remove the game. “After receiving the order, according to the established process, we notified the affected developer and blocked access to the app that remained available on the Play Store in India,” it said.

Battlegrounds Mobile India, the Indian version of the popular battle royale game PUBG Mobile, has recently surpassed 100 million registered users in the country, about a year after it was relaunched as BGMI after PUBG Mobile was banned by the government in India.

In February 2022, PRAHAR, an NGO, urged the government to block the Chinese game app BGMI-PUBG and add it to the list of 54 Chinese apps banned on February 14, 2022. from the government”.

According to a report by IANS, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) affiliate Swadeshi Jagran Manch has supported Prahar’s initiative and called for an investigation into the antecedents and Chinese influence of BGMI-PUBG.

PUBG mobile was banned by the Government of India on September 2, 2020. Within ten months, it was relaunched as Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI). BGMI is the largest of the Chinese apps that have been relaunched and renamed with the same features and have managed to evade scrutiny.

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