India blocks battle-royale game BGMI two years after PUBG ban

Google has deleted Battlegrounds Mobile India from the Play Store in India after a New Delhi order, a year after developer Krafton created the app when PUBG was banned in the South Asian market. BGMI was also removed from Apple's App Store.

India and China, two nuclear-armed neighbours, have been at odds since fatal border conflicts in 2020. India banned hundreds of China-linked applications, including PUBG and TikTok, which had substantial user bases in India.

Of the hundreds of apps that New Delhi banned in the country, Krafton’s PUBG was the only title that made a return — though with a completely revamped avatar.

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Of the hundreds of apps that New Delhi banned in the country, Krafton’s PUBG was the only title that made a return — though with a completely revamped avatar.

Over 100 million people have joined up for the game in India in the past year, the South Korean company announced this week. Sensor Tower says Battlegrounds Mobile India has 16.5 million monthly active users.

Why India blocked Battlegrounds Mobile India remained unknown.

Krafton has repeatedly stated that BGMI and PUBG are different games and said the firm had put in place safeguards — such as enforcing a time limit on the usage of its games, login authentication — to address any misuse of its titles. 

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