wordpress blog stats
Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Battlegrounds Mobile India, erstwhile PUBG, makes another comeback to India

India’s Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar said that the game has been given approval for a trial of three months.

Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) will make a return to Indian smartphones after the Union government allowed BGMI’s parent company, Krafton, to resume operations, according to a press release put out by the company.

The popular game was removed abruptly from Google Play Store and Apple App Store in July, 2022, following an order issued by the state. It was not clear why BGMI was banned then.

“We are highly grateful to the Indian authorities for allowing us to resume operations of BGMI,” Krafton’s CEO Sean Hyunil Sohn said in a statement.

India’s Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar said that the game has been given approval for a trial of three months. He added that the company has complied with issues of server locations and data security which led to its ban in 2022.

“We will keep a close watch on other issues of user harm, addiction, etc. in (the) next 3 months before a final decision is taken,” read a tweet put out by Chandrasekhar.

Vibhor Kukreti, Head Government Affairs, Krafton India, clarified that the company has put in place several measures to ensure compliance with all “applicable regulations”. He also urged users to prioritise their well-being and “follow responsible gaming practices”.

Overview on the game: BGMI is the Indian version of the popular battle-royale game PUBG, which was banned in India in 2020 as part of a larger ban on Chinese apps amidst tensions at the border.


FREE READ of the day by MediaNama: Click here to sign-up for our daily newsletter with the top story of the day delivered daily before 9 AM in your inbox.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Why it matters: It is a significant development because PUBG was one of the most popular games in India before its ban in 2020, having amassed more than 100 million users. It can provide a considerable boost to the gaming industry in India as well as assure international companies that India is open for business.

Timeline of BGMI’s troubles

2020: India banned 118 apps in September 2020 which included PUBG, alleging that these apps were engaged in activities which are “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”. The government first banned 59 apps such as TikTok and WeChat in June 2020, followed by 47 apps in July 2020.

  • The ban came in the wake of a serious development at the Indian border where Indian forces squared off against Chinese troops.
  • It alleged that these apps were stealing and transmitting users’ data surreptitiously in an unauthorised manner to servers outside India. The apps continue to remain banned to this day.

2021: The game, however, made a comeback in July 2021 with a new name, some censorship, and under the distribution of South Korean developer— Krafton. It was published by the Chinese company, Tencent, earlier. The game looked and felt a little different in order to avoid getting clubbed into the banned variant of the game.

  • Krafton revoked Tencent’s rights to the game in India. It then tried to rebrand and censor the game initially, and christened it “PUBG Mobile India” but it was not enough to convince the Indian authorities.

2022: The ban in 2022 was abrupt but IT Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar confirmed that the government had issues related to server locations and data security. Many in India believed that game was still under Chinese control as Tencent continued to hold a stake.


This post is released under a CC-BY-SA 4.0 license. Please feel free to republish on your site, with attribution and a link. Adaptation and rewriting, though allowed, should be true to the original.

Also read:

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.
Written By

I cover several beats such as Crypto, Telecom, and OTT at MediaNama. I can be found loitering at my local theatre when I am off work consuming movies by the dozen.

Free Reads

MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.

Views

News

The existing commission-based model, which companies like Uber and Ola have used for a long time and still stick to, has received criticism from...

News

Factors like Indus not charging developers any commission for in-app payments and antitrust orders issued by India's competition regulator against Google could contribute to...

News

Is open-sourcing of AI, and the use cases that come with it, a good starting point to discuss the responsibility and liability of AI?...

News

RBI Deputy Governor Rabi Shankar called for self-regulation in the fintech sector, but here's why we disagree with his stance.

News

Both the IT Minister and the IT Minister of State have chosen to avoid the actual concerns raised, and have instead defended against lesser...

You May Also Like

News

Google has released a Google Travel Trends Report which states that branded budget hotel search queries grew 179% year over year (YOY) in India, in...

Advert

135 job openings in over 60 companies are listed at our free Digital and Mobile Job Board: If you’re looking for a job, or...

News

By Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru You’re reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised...

News

Rajesh Kumar* doesn’t have many enemies in life. But, Uber, for which he drives a cab everyday, is starting to look like one, he...

MediaNama is the premier source of information and analysis on Technology Policy in India. More about MediaNama, and contact information, here.

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ

Subscribe to our daily newsletter
Name:*
Your email address:*
*
Please enter all required fields Click to hide
Correct invalid entries Click to hide

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ