The sudden disappearance occurs less than two years after PUBG had been banned by India which led to the establishment of BGMI.
Battlegrounds Mobile India, better known as BGMI is now gone out of the Google Play Store and Apple App Store due to an order from the government. People who already have installed it on their devices will be able to play the game, but only for the time being. The game was removed without warning in the late hours of Thursday night and left many players shocked. The company has since clarified the matter. Google confirms that it has received an order from the government directing it to remove the game that is so popular on the internet. BGMI was introduced on the market in India in the year 2000 by Krafton in reaction against the government prohibiting a range of Chinese applications such as the then-famous game Playerunknown’s battlegrounds (PUBG) because of security threats. The game that was similar to it, Garena Free Fire, was also exiled in February of this year.
The hashtags #BGMIban and #BGMI started trending on Twitter there were rumours and speculations about possible motives for a ban included links to recent claims of video games linked to violent events as well as new worries about privacy of data and security online. New State Mobile New State Mobile, published as an independent app by Krafton is still accessible.
The Google spokesperson confirms this Battlegrounds Mobile India removal was due to an order issued by the government. “On receiving the order, in accordance with our established procedures we’ve informed the affected developer and removed access to the app that was accessible through the Play Store in India,” the spokesperson said to Gadgets 360. The details of the order are still awaiting.
Developer Krafton claims that it has invested more than 100 million dollars to create BGMI along with an online gaming community in India in the last few years. The company recently also declared the fact that BGMI has more than 100,000 registered players. In the past, Krafton CEO Changhan Kim was quoted as saying “India is a major location for Krafton. We are confident about the possibilities in India and we are determined to build an enviable gaming environment. Our primary focus is always improving the experience of gaming on mobile for our ever-growing community. invest in the growing startup ecosystem here”
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