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The Indian government has blocked access to Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI), a popular battle-royale game from South Korean game development firm Krafton, as the government was concerned about data sharing and mining in China by the developer. A source in the Indian government gave this information to the news agency Reuters on Friday. This block comes almost two years after PUBG Mobile was banned in the country. Section 69A of the IT Act of India allows the government to block public access to content in the interest of national security and for other reasons. Orders issued under the section are generally confidential.

New Delhi used India’s IT law to block Battlegrounds Mobile India,

a game by South Korean company Crafton. Which is backed by China’s Tencent. For this, the government has resorted to a provision, which was implemented in 2020 to ban many other Chinese apps due to national security concerns. A government official and another source with direct links to the incident told Reuters.

Section 69A of the IT Act allows the government to block public access to content in the interest of national security and for certain other reasons. Orders issued under the section are generally confidential.

The Indian government has not publicly announced the blocking.

But the app was removed from the Google Play store and Apple App Store in India till Thursday evening.

Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) and non-profit Prahar had repeatedly asked the government to investigate the “China influence” of BGMI, Prahar president Abhay Mishra told Reuters. SJM is the economic wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

“In the so-called new avatar, BGMI was no different from its previous version of PUBG, with Tencent still controlling it from the background,” Mishra said.

The ban received strong online reactions from popular gamers in India on Twitter and YouTube.

Abhijit Andhare, a Twitter user with over 92,000 followers, tweeted:

“I hope our government understands that thousands of athletes and content creators and their lives depend on BGMI.”

A Google spokesperson has confirmed that the removal of Battlegrounds Mobile India was the result of a government order. “Upon receipt of the order, following the established process, we have notified the affected developer and blocked access to the app available on the Play Store in India,” the spokesperson told.

The Indian eSports industry has responded to Apple and Google blocking-

BGMI from the App Store.

Vishwalok Nath, director of eSports Premier League, said “We are yet to receive an official statement from the government on the reason behind the removal of the game from the Play Store and App Store. It is between the publisher and the government and we hope to address this issue soon.” It will be resolved.

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