Why was BGMI banned from Google Play Store, Apple App Store? Hint: PUBG

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BGMI India: Krafton said on Wednesday it is clarifying the issue with the government. (File)

Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) has been removed by Google Play Store and Apple App Store on behalf of the central government. Similar measures were taken by the government against PUBG in September 2020. PUBG was banned in India, along with 117 Chinese applications that said they posed a threat to India’s sovereignty and integrity. The action was taken under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000.

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PUBG had 33 million followers at the time and was one of the fastest growing games in the country.

The game was relaunched in November. But in June 2021, it was banned again amid controversy that said the game was sending data to Tencent’s servers in China.

Krafton announced BGMI in May 2021, claiming it did not send any data to China.

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The game amassed 100 million players in one year.

However, it was acquired by the two app stores.

Although the game works for those who have already installed it.

The government has not issued an official statement. However, Google confirmed that they had taken the action following a request from the government.

However, IANS sources said the action was taken under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000. The government’s reasoning behind the move has not yet been shared.

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Abhay Mishra, president of Prahar, said they have been raising the issue of Tencent running BGMI in the background for over six months.

“We are grateful to the government for taking this step in the interest of India’s security and sovereignty,” he added.

Krafton said on Wednesday it is clarifying the issue with the government.

With input from IANS