The long wait for Indian gamers is finally coming to an end as Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) is set to make a comeback after being blocked by the Government of India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) in July 2022. This exciting news was shared by Krafton, the South Korean game company behind BGMI, through a surprising announcement on social media.
Major developments have taken place in the past few days, fueling the anticipation among BGMI players. The game servers have been taken offline by the developers in preparation for its highly awaited re-release.
Let’s delve into the key events leading up to the unban of Battlegrounds Mobile India:
Battlegrounds Mobile India servers go offline on May 19
Since its ban, BGMI had been absent from both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. However, the servers remained online until May 19 when Krafton decided to take them down, hinting at an imminent unban. As of now, the servers are still offline, and players launching the game are greeted with the following message:
“Hello BGMI Fan! BGMI servers will be unavailable for a while to come up with a better and bigger experience. While we are working to give you a seamless experience, your account will be safe, and your progress till now will be retained. We will keep you informed of further developments and the release date through our social media platforms. With this, you’re all geared up for a power-packed adventure! Remember, play responsibly! Game on! See you in the BATTLEGROUNDS! Love, KRAFTON”
Although players cannot log into the game manually, they can expect the servers to be back online in the coming days.
Instagram posts and promises from Krafton
On May 19, 2023, the official Instagram account of Battlegrounds Mobile India posted for the first time since July 2022. Krafton shared two new posts, confirming the return of the Indian version of PUBG Mobile.
In these posts, the developers expressed their gratitude towards the Indian government authorities and the loyal fan base of Battlegrounds Mobile India for their unwavering support. While no specific unban date was revealed, Krafton assured players and fans that updates would be provided soon.
Additionally, Sean Hyunil Sohn, the head of Krafton India, took to Twitter on the same day to announce the game’s imminent return, receiving an overwhelming response from the gaming community.
Union Minister confirms temporary unban
Following Krafton’s announcement, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, the Union Minister of State for Entrepreneurship, Skill Development, Electronics & Technology, officially confirmed the game’s return in India. However, he clarified that the unban is temporary and will undergo a three-month trial approval period, during which Krafton needs to address data security and server location concerns.
MeitY will closely monitor Battlegrounds Mobile India and assess any remaining issues during the trial period before making a final decision regarding a permanent unban.
BGMI appears on Google Play Store but remains unplayable
Although the Android OS download link on the game’s official website now leads to the Google Play Store, players are still unable to play BGMI as the servers remain closed.
Krafton has also acknowledged that the game is currently unavailable due to the offline servers.
Players who have signed up for the public test before the official launch are expected to receive an email from the developers regarding the game’s availability.
As the countdown to the return of Battlegrounds Mobile India continues, fans are eagerly awaiting its re-release. With the servers temporarily offline, developers are working behind the scenes to enhance the gaming experience, ensuring that players will soon embark on an even more exciting and enjoyable adventure.
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