As of now, it is not clear if Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) has been completely banned in India.
Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) fans are in disbelief after the game abruptly vanished from the Google Play Store and App Store on Thursday. Regular BGMI player Anish Thomas, 32, expressed his deep disappointment over the game’s removal. “BGMI is still available to me even though it has been taken down from the App Store. However, PUBG too had a similar event. After a few days, we were unable to play because it was initially dropped.
It is now unclear why the government ordered the game to be shut down. Crafton said in a statement, “We are clarifying how BGMI was removed from the Google Play store and App Store and will let you know once we get specifics. Google has nonetheless removed the software from its store and cited the government’s request to do so as justification.
BGMI fans want the Indian government to restore the sport in the country and are looking for a reasonable explanation for its abrupt removal. “The goal of abrupt removal is probably towards a complete ban. This decision will only harm the gaming ecosystem,” Pranav Panpaliya, founder of gaming community OpraahFX, told indianexpress.com. He said that both Freefire and BGMI, the top games played in the country, were removed in a similar manner. “There is a million multi-million dollar economy, which is revolving around these games, there are carriers that are associated with it. So, it doesn’t make sense for me to ban it.”
It should be noted that BGMI is the new avatar of PUBG Mobile, which has been specially made for Indian players. PUBG Mobile is owned by Tencent while BGMI is developed by South Korean publisher Crafton. After the government banned PUBG and other Chinese apps over national security concerns, it was released for Android devices on July 2, 2021, and for iOS devices on August 18, 2021.
YouTube streamer Abhay Singh aka ThugboiMax is confused by the government’s request to remove the game. “Despite the developers changing server location and game elements, as per government norms, this still happened. I believe this is absolutely wrong and will affect online gaming streamers like me, who want their bread and butter.” Depends on BGMI for
Meanwhile, some believe that BGMI has been in the limelight for all the wrong reasons and it should have been. Rohit Agarwal, Founder and Director, Alpha Zegus said, “With the recent incident of a boy killing his mother over the BGMI argument, the sport has again come on the government’s radar and has been flagged as unsafe for young adults. ” Marketing agency specializing in the field of gaming and lifestyle.
The reason for banning the app is not clear. “The confidentiality clause in the interception rules also prevents intermediaries from communicating which is against the law of natural justice. Prashant Sugathan, Legal Director, SFLC.in said, “The time has come to revisit the confidentiality provision of the interception rules.”
only four weeks ago, bgmi crossed 100 million users In India, as the game completed one year in the country.