Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) on July 1 marked its first anniversary with the claim that the game has crossed over 100 million registered users in the country. However, later in July things went sideways when the game was removed from Google Play and the App Store following a government order. SkySports CEO and founder Shiv Nandi recently weighed in on this development, claiming that the ban was temporary. He said developer Crafton was notified by the government a week ago.
according to a report good By MySmartPrice, Nandi shared a statement via Instagram revealing that it took five months to remove BGMI. Crafton was reportedly notified by the government a week before the ban took effect.
He also assured fans of BGMI that the government had passed an interim order to block the game – BGMI is yet to be banned outright in India. Nandi also hinted that TikTok is also on its way to make a comeback in India soon. Tiktok is not available in India from June 2020.
BGMI is developed by South Korean studio Crafton backed by China’s Tencent Games. The game was reportedly blocked by the Indian government for sending user data to Chinese servers. Its disappearance from Google Play and the App Store did not go down well with fans, including the esports community as #BGMI and #BGMIban started trending on Twitter. Notably, New State Mobile, a separate game published by Crafton, is still available on both app stores.
A year since its launch in July 2021, BGMI has garnered a massive following in India. It had reportedly gained over 100 million registered users in the country. It has gained popularity among content creators and a significant esports scene has developed around BGMI. Crafton reportedly planned to host four professional and semi-professional BGMI tournaments in India. The developer is believed to have invested around $10 million (about Rs 80 crore) to develop the local gaming and esports industries.