Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI), which is similar to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile (PUBG Mobile), seems to be banned in India. In addition to confirming its removal from the Play Store, Google has released information from the Indian government.
Everything started on Thursday when App Store and Google Play deleted the Battlegrounds Mobile India app from their respective stores. Only “New State Mobile” a distinct version of PUBG Mobile, appeared in the search results.
At the time, it seemed like a bug, but later reports said it wasn’t a glitch and that it might be banned across the country. The players, on the other hand, had no problems.
Battlegrounds Mobile India removed from Play Store
Google Play and the Apple App Store have withdrawn Battlegrounds Mobile India, or BGMI, following a government decision. It appears to have been banned in India in the same way as PUBG was.
A lot of Battlegrounds Mobile India users were surprised Thursday night when the app suddenly stopped working.
Since 2020, the Indian government has used the same section in its IT law to ban Chinese apps because of national security concerns to block access to Krafton’s battle-royale game BGMI. There was a government order to permanently delete a popular online game from Google’s search results.
Section 69A of India’s IT law allows the government to block public access to content, among other considerations. Clauses relating to the confidentiality of orders are frequently used.
Concerns about data privacy and online security prompted speculation and supposition about possible arguments for a ban on violent video games.
MeitY, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, has received complaints regarding rebranded prohibited apps (MeitY). A nonprofit says Tencent misled Indian officials by claiming PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds: India and Battlegrounds Mobile India are identical.
While calling for a ban on BGMI/PUBG, a leading NGO executive alleged that Krafton India was a fictitious company. When the game was banned in India, a version of it called BGMI was made for Indian users.
According to Indian IT law Section 69A, the government may restrict public access to content for a number of reasons, including national security.
Existing users of the app can continue to do so for the time being. In February, a similar game, Garena Free Fire, was also restricted. It’s still possible to get Krafton’s New State Mobile app, which is a distinct app.