BGMI Banned In India Over National Security Concern

The Indian government has banned Krafton’s Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI). Alphabet Inc’s Google and Apple have taken down the Krafton game on July 28, 2022, citing orders from the Indian government. This development comes a year after the country banned the popular game PUBG

A popular battle-royale format game ‘BGMI’ from Krafton Inc, a South Korean company backed by China’s Tencent, as it was concerned about its data sharing and mining in China, an Indian government source said.

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The government has banned the royal battle-ground format game, using a section of the IT law that it has invoked since 2020 to ban Chinese apps on national security and data sharing concerns, as reported by Reuters.

Under a similar provision of IT laws, the government of India banned more than 100 Chinese apps since 2020, including the Chinese publisher Tencent Games’ PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG).

Till now, the Government of India has banned more than 270 apps, suspecting the stealing of Indian users’ data and sharing it with Chinese entities but Many of these apps came back to India with rebranded and new identities while their competitor apps tried to sweep in and filled the void left by others.

Although there has been no “server-side ban” on BGMI, which means the game would still work without any issue on users’ smartphones or tablets if they have not uninstalled it, as reported by ‘The Indian Express’



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