Reportedly, Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) is downloadable on certain Android devices. Several online users have detected the once-tainted battle royale game on the Google Play Store, available for download without an official release date from publisher Krafton. The same can be confirmed by Gadgets 360, albeit only through the web (browser) version; the title does not appear on the majority of the review units of phones we possess. Following a 10-month suspension due to security concerns, Krafton confirmed late last week that the Indian government had granted permission to resume BGMI operations in the country.
It appears that some users have been able to obtain and operate BGMI on their devices by utilizing the Play Store URL. The game is not natively listed on either Google or Apple’s app storefronts, so it will not appear in a direct search. Users who have successfully downloaded the game are unable to enjoy it because the servers are presently unavailable. “Server is not yet accessible. Please consult the official news for more information on availability. Reads the message from a screenshot taken by a user. Krafton had merely stated that BGMI would be available in the country soon,’ offering no additional information beyond expressing gratitude to the Indian government.
At the time, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Union Minister of State for Electronics & Technology, stated that the government had approved BGMI for a three-month trial period, during which the game would be monitored to ensure that there are no issues of “user harm” or “addiction.” In addition, the game is reportedly implementing several changes, beginning with a playtime restriction — limited to a certain number of hours — that is likely intended to reduce addiction risks. The default color of blood has been changed from red to green or blue, suggesting that gore is also a target.
Under Section 69 of the IT Act, BGMI was entirely removed from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store in July 2022. The decision had a significant impact on the Indian e-sports industry, which experienced a surge in mobile gaming when PUBG was released. A few weeks prior to the prohibition, a BGMI tournament with a prize pool of Rs. 1.5 crore was broadcast on mainstream television, demonstrating its popularity in the nation. Dead by Daylight Mobile was recently removed from mobile storefronts without a clear explanation. We can infer, however, that it had something to do with the game’s publisher, NetEase, a Chinese entity responsible for distribution in Japan, Korea, and South Asia.
Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) has yet to be given an official release date by Krafton.
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