Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI)–the popular game by Krafton which recently crossed 100 million users in India — has been pulled from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. There’s speculation that the game has been banned in India, though we are awaiting confirmation. Krafton said, “We are clarifying how BGMI was removed from the Google Play store and the App store and will let you know once we get specific information.”
BGMI was launched in July 2021. It was launched as a replacement for the popular PUBG Mobile game, which was banned by the government in September 2020 along with a number of Chinese apps. BGMI was pretty much seen as PUBG Mobile meant for India, though the company insisted that the game was different.
While Krafton is investigating, Google has confirmed the takedown of Battlegrounds Mobile India is a result of the government’s orders. “On receipt of the order, following established process, we have notified the affected developer and have blocked access to the app that remained available on the Play Store in India,” Google said in a statement.
The timing of the removal is not coincidental as an issue related to BGMI was raised in the Rajya Sabha recently. Lawmakers were discussing whether action titles have harmful effects on children. The upper house was discussing a media report that stated “child has killed his mother based on PUBG that he has been playing”. The incident took place in Lucknow last month.
Is BGMI Banned in India?
As of now, there s no official confirmation from either the Government of India or Battlegrounds Mobile India. Gamers should at least wait for a few more hours for any clarification,
One of the popular content creators and players, Ghatak has tweeted, “It is a big day tomorrow esports is growing day by day on a global as well as national level. I hope our government can recognize this and take a good decision. We don’t want to be behind other countries, and also any issues can be solved. Banning the game is not a solution.”
Only a few couple of hours have gone since its removal. So, gamers should not jump to conclusions just yet. There might also be glitches. As the popular creators said, the community should wait for a few more hours for more information regarding its removal. Official statements can be expected soon.
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