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BGMI: BGMI is banned in India two years after PUBG was prohibited.

BGMI: An year after developer Krafton created the app in response to a restriction on its other related game PUBG in the South Asian market, Google has removed the well-liked battle royale game Battlegrounds Mobile India, also known as BGMI, from the Play Store in India as per a government order. The BGMI game has also been taken down from the local Apple App Store.

Shortly after the story’s publication, the Android-maker verified the development. A Google representative told TechCrunch, “Upon receipt of the order, in accordance with established procedure, we have notified the impacted developer and have disabled access to the app that remained available on the Play Store in India.

According to a source with intimate knowledge of the situation who spoke to TechCrunch on Thursday evening, Krafton delisted the app from the Apple App Store shortly after Google removed it from the Play Store. Requests for comment from the iPhone manufacturer were not answered.

A spokesman for Krafton acknowledged the delisting and stated that the business was looking for more information. On Friday, Krafton’s stock fell almost 9% before somewhat recovering.

The revelation comes in the wake of escalating hostilities between India and China, two nuclear-armed neighbours who have been at odds particularly since fatal clashes along their shared Himalayan border in 2020. Since then, over 300 China-linked apps have been banned in India, including PUBG and TikTok, which both regarded India as their biggest international market.

The only software that returned was Krafton’s PUBG, even though it had an entirely new look, out of the several apps that New Delhi had banned in the nation.

In addition to promising to spend $100 million in India’s gaming industry, Krafton said that it has severed connections with its publishing partner Tencent, who is also a significant investor in the company.

In the previous 1.5 years, Krafton has supported a number of Indian businesses, including Nodwin Gaming, Loco, Pratilipi, and Kuku FM. Earlier this week, Krafton told TechCrunch that it expected its investment in India to reach $140 million by next month.

This Monday, the South Korean-based company reported that in the year after the game’s launch, over 100 million users in India have registered for it. Battlegrounds Mobile India had over 16.5 million monthly active users in the nation, according to Sensor Tower.

Why the Indian government was instructed to restrict Battlegrounds Mobile India was unknown. When banning other apps, New Delhi has claimed concerns about national security. According to section 69A of the country’s IT code, India has prohibited BGMI (Reuters reported this on Friday).

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A local media report from last month claimed that a child had killed his mother while playing the game, though many have questioned the report’s veracity. This month, the study made it to the country’s parliament and quickly earned widespread appeal on social media. Rajeev Chandrasekhar, India’s junior minister of information technology, stated last week that the matter was being looked at by law enforcement.

Chinese phone manufacturers Xiaomi, Vivo, and Oppo’s local offices have recently been searched by Indian authorities, who have accused them of tax evasion.

China’s embassy in India expressed displeasure with Indian authorities earlier this month for conducting “frequent investigations” into the local branches of the phonemakers and cautioned that such actions “impede the improvement of [the] business environment” in India and “chill the confidence and willingness” of other foreign businesses to make investments and conduct operations in the South Asian country.

BGMI and PUBG are two distinct games, according to Krafton, who also claimed that the company had placed protections in place to deal with any misuse of its games, such as putting a time limit on usage and login authentication.

BGMI and PUBG are two distinct games, according to Krafton, who also claimed that the company had placed protections in place to deal with any misuse of its games, such as putting a time limit on usage and login authentication.

“Given how well-liked the game is, these problems are to be expected. These are exceptional situations, but we don’t know the specifics of the scam or how it was carried out,” Sean Hyunil Sohn, CEO of Krafton India, said. He added that, “We always try to ensure a safe gameplay experience for consumers.

“The government does not interfere in which apps may operate and which cannot,” he continued. They step in to address issues with privacy and digital security, and BGMI abides by all rules. PUBG and BGMI are two different games, according to MeitY (the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology),” he continued.

According to Hyunil Sohn, the business was willing to contribute an additional $100 million or more to the Indian gaming industry this year.

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