In an exciting development, South Korean video gaming company Krafton has obtained approval from Indian authorities to resume operations of the popular mobile game Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI). This announcement comes as a delight to the gaming community in India, who have eagerly awaited the return of the game since its ban. Let’s delve deeper into this significant news and its implications.
Krafton’s Approval and Gratitude
Expressing their gratitude, Sean Hyunil Sohn, the CEO of Krafton India, conveyed his heartfelt appreciation to the Indian authorities for allowing them to resume operations of BGMI. He also extended his gratitude to the Indian gaming community for their unwavering support and patience during the past few months.
Background on PUBG Ban
The ban of Krafton’s marquee offering, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) Mobile, by the Indian government took place in September 2020. Alongside 117 Chinese applications, PUBG Mobile faced the ban due to concerns over national security and integrity under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000.
Announcement of Battlegrounds Mobile India
Building on the anticipation, Krafton announced the launch of Battlegrounds Mobile India in May 2021. The company eagerly awaits the release of the game and is excited to welcome back players to their platform. Their commitment to delivering exceptional products and services to users in India and beyond remains steadfast.
Registration of PUBG India Private Ltd
To facilitate the relaunch of PUBG Mobile in India, PUBG Studios and Krafton established PUBG India Private Ltd in November 2020. This new entity was registered under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and paved the way for the game’s return.
Launch of BGMI and Its Popularity
BGMI was finally released on July 2 for Android devices and August 18 for iOS devices, much to the joy of gaming enthusiasts. Within a year of its launch, the game garnered over 100 million registered users, showcasing its immense popularity and appeal.
Government’s Order to Block BGMI
Unfortunately, the Indian government later ordered Google and Apple to block the BGMI gaming app from their respective online stores. As a result, both Google and Apple complied and removed the game from their app stores. The ban was enforced under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000.
Concerns Raised by Prahar
Non-profit organization Prahar raised concerns, stating that BGMI poses a threat to India’s sovereignty, integrity, defense, and public order. They argue that the game is essentially the same as the previously banned PUBG and should not be allowed.