Battlegrounds Mobile India popularly known as BGMI has disappeared from Google Play Store and Apple App Store following a government order. Those who already have it installed on their devices can still play the game, at least for now. The removal happened without warning late Thursday evening, leaving many users surprised. However, Google has now confirmed that it has received a government order to remove the popular online game from the list. BGMI was launched in India by Krafton in response to the government banning several Chinese apps, including the then-popular Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) due to security risks. A similar game, Garena Free Fire, was also banned in February this year.
As #BGMI and #BGMIban began popping up on Twitter, rumors and speculation about possible reasons for a ban included links to recent allegations of video game related violent incidents and new privacy concerns. data and online security. New State Mobile, which is published as a separate app by Krafton, remains available.
According to Reuters, a Google spokesperson confirmed that the removal was the result of a government order. Order details are awaited.
It really comes as a shock because the growth of esports in India has been huge.
Everything will stop if something happens to BGMI (Best Esports Game India)
Trust will be broken.
People who had hope will remain hopeless.
I hope you will consider the subject @GoI_MeitY
— Mortal (@ Mortal04907880) July 28, 2022
Developer Krafton claims to have invested over $100 million to develop BGMI and an esports ecosystem in India over the past few years. The company also recently announced that BGMI has surpassed 100 million registered users. At that time, Krafton CEO Changhan Kim said, “India is an important market for Krafton. We are positive about the opportunities in the country and are committed to building a robust gaming ecosystem. Our goal is to constantly improve the mobile gaming experience for our growing community and invest in the thriving startup landscape here”