Update: The game is not downloadable or playable now. This is the statement from KRAFTON. An official statement from KRAFTON says, “Currently, the closed test track for BGMI is updated. Those who opted for a public test for the game before its launch are expected to get a message which takes them to play store for downloading the game. However, the link wont work and the game cannot be downloaded as the servers have been shut. We also understand that some other users who had not opted for the closed test are also getting this message. This is a technical error and we are working on resolving it”
BGMI, also known as Battlegrounds Mobile India, is no longer banned and now accessible for Android smartphone users to download from the Google Play store. While the listing may not be directly visible on the app store, you can visit the official BGMI website and click on the Play button. The game will be free to play however, the iOS version is not available at time of writing the article.
Following the lifting of its ban, BGMI is available Google Play in India. The developer has thanked and expressed gratitude to the Indian government for this development. Last year, BGMI, along with its predecessor PUBG Mobile, was removed from both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store in India due to its ties to China given at the time they were cracking down on all Chinese apps that doesn’t comply with Indian norms.
For the past few years, the developers were in constant contact with the authorities and preparing a game that complies with every Indian norm while tacking the severe addiction issues that has been reported over the years. After months of struggle, the developers have finally got the green light from authorities to bring the game back.
Krafton India CEO Sean Hyunil Sohn said “We are highly grateful to the Indian authorities for allowing us to resume operations of BGMI. We would like to extend our gratitude to our Indian gaming community for their support and patience over the past few months. We are excited to announce that Battlegrounds Mobile India will be available for download soon and we cannot wait to welcome you back to our platform.”
The Indian government has imposed certain rules on Krafton, the game’s developer. The lawmakers has requested the inclusion of a time limit in the game to mitigate addiction issues. Krafton had already tailored BGMI specifically for Indian users also the developers had announced a partnership with Microsoft Azure to ensure the protection of Indian users’ data.
BGMI has reportedly achieved a milestone of 100 million users within a year of its release. The company proudly announced that their battle royale-style game created history by being the first esports event to be televised on mainstream TV, drawing in 24 million viewers concurrently and a total of 200 million.
The Indian Gaming ecosystem relies heavily on BGMI give no other game has generated so much interest and reach. For it to be unbanned opens up avenues for professional players to get back onto the scene and compete at the highest level.
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