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After 10 Months Of Government's Ban, BGMI Is Back To India The gaming app will be available for download in India on Google Play Store and Apple App Store after almost 10 months

By Teena Jose

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Krafton, the creators of the popular game Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI), has revealed that the game will be making a comeback to Android and iOS platforms. The PUBG sibling will be available for download in India on Google Play Store and Apple App Store after almost 10 months. BGMI also faced a ban in India after a few months of its launch due to security issues.

Sean Hyunil Sohn, CEO of Krafton, Inc. India, has announced the relaunch of the BGMI and stated that, "We are highly grateful to the Indian authorities for allowing us to resume operations of Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI). We would like to extend our gratitude to our Indian gaming community for their support and patience over the past few months."

"At KRAFTON, Inc., we are deeply committed to the Indian gaming ecosystem. Our approach has always been India-first, which serves as the foundation of all our efforts," he added.

According to media reports, the ministry of electronics and information technology will soon issue an order to unblock the game from app stores. It is also noted that the authorities will monitor the game to ensure whether it is complied with India's rules.

Taking to the social media platform, Instagram, the company also ensured that its top priority is to ensure the safety and enjoyment of the players, adding that it believes in promoting responsible gaming to cultivate a healthier gaming culture where players can have fun while taking care of their overall well-being.

"We would like to express our deep appreciation and gratitude to the authorities for permitting us to restart the operations of BGMI. Krafton Inc. is a responsible South Korean organization that abides by the law and has put in place several measures to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations. We work tirelessly to ensure that India takes the lead in this domain by embracing innovative practices in collaboration with the gaming ecosystem to support, sustain and promote its growth," said Vibhor Kukreti, Head of Government Affairs at KRAFTON, Inc. India.

On July 8, 2022, the Indian government banned BGMI due to concerns over privacy and safety, resulting in removing the game from both Google Play Store and Apple App store.

Commenting on this much awaited comeback, founder and CEO of Nazara Technologies, Nitish Mittersain, said, "Krafton is a close partner of Nodwin/Nazara and we are delighted to see the return of BGMI in India. I am confident our teams will work together to create superlative experiences for the esports enthusiasts in the country."

Nauman Mulla, co-founder and COO, STAN also expressed excitement over this development and said, "We are thrilled to witness the resurgence of BGMI in India, poised to bring about a remarkable surge in the gaming industry. The dedicated fans of BGMI have been eagerly anticipating this news for quite some time. STAN, with its unwavering commitment, will be doubling down its efforts towards BGMI and is excited to bring in new features for the fans. With utmost confidence, we anticipate BGMI to successfully navigate through the three-month trial period, fostering a secure and wholesome gaming culture for its passionate fanbase."

Some other prominent personalities from the gaming sector also welcomed the lift of the ban. Abhishek Aggarwal, Trinity Gaming India's founder and CEO, said, " We are glad that the government has taken this initiative. The gaming community and the future of gamers and their careers had come to a standstill. With this move, we hope to see a positive and encouraging future. The player teams will be absolutely thrilled to once again be a part of this booming Indian gaming community"

"The comeback of BGMI will give the overall Indian gaming industry a shot in the arm. It will encourage gamers and the gaming community including athletes, tournaments, sponsors and streamers to start generating revenue again. The regulatory environment around gaming is constantly evolving and improving which is forming an amazing foundation for growth of gaming in India in this decade," said Manish Agarwal, founder and custodian, IndiGG.

Bharat Patel, chairman and director, Yudiz Solutions Ltd also welcome the move and commented, "The gaming industry will gain further from the re-entry of BGMI. The game has a large following of enthusiasts and will get esports to come back even stronger. With the government sorting out the technical issues and regulatory concerns, the already growing Indian gaming ecosystem and the gaming community will benefit and rise."

"We are thrilled to hear the news of BGMI's return to India following a 10-month ban. This decision brings immense joy to millions of gaming enthusiasts who have eagerly awaited its comeback. BGMI has been widely popular in India, offering an engaging and competitive gaming experience. Its revival signifies the recognition of gaming's significant role in the lives of many Indians, fostering community, competition, and entertainment. Moreover, this development showcases the government's acknowledgment of the gaming industry's potential for growth and its contribution to the digital ecosystem in India. It creates opportunities for local talent, content creators, and esports organizations to flourish on a global stage. As a gaming community, we eagerly embrace BGMI's return, fostering healthy competition, and building a vibrant esports landscape in India," asserted Yash Pariani, founder and CEO at House of Gaming.

Teena Jose

News Desk Reporter with Entrepreneur India

Teena is a post graduate in financial journalism. She has an avid interest in content creation, digital media and fashion.
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