Google and Apple on Thursday pulled the popular 3rd person game, BGMI from their respective app stores, following a request from the Government.
In September 2020, the Indian government also banned PUBG Mobile along with a host of other Chinese apps for security reasons.
Game developer Battleground Mobile India (BGMI) Krafton said on Friday that it explained how Apple and Google Play-store removed the BGMI application from their application stores in the country.
In a statement to IANS, South Korean computer game organization Krafton said they are “clarifying how BGMI was removed from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.”
“We will let you know once we have specific information,” the company added.
BGMI is the Indian variant of PUBG Mobile, only for players in the nation created and distributed by Krafton.
BGMI was released on July 2, 2021 for Android devices, and on August 18, 2021 for iOS devices, after government authorities banned PUBG along with a few other Chinese apps. for public safety concerns.
“Upon receipt of the order, following the established process, we notified the affected developer and blocked access to the app that remained available on the Play Store in India,” a Google spokesperson had told IANS.
Apple also removed the application from its App Store after receiving the government’s request.
Recently, the BGMI developer said that their BGMI had surpassed 100 million registered gamers. He also said that BGMI ended a year of being the most expensive game in India.
“The first year of BGMI has been a resounding success with millions of players joining to experience the game. We’ve brought great tournaments, India-themed collaborations, and celebrated India-centric events with the community that intends to curate the game unique for our Indian users,” Krafton CEO Changhan Kim said in a statement.
In 2021, the game developer contributed nearly $100 million to promote the development of Indian e-sports and entertainment startups to build a healthy gaming start-up ecosystem.
(Inputs from Ians)