BGMI delisted from Play Store and App Store after government order citing data sharing and mining in China: Report

BGMI delisted from Play Store and App Store after government order citing data sharing and mining in China: Report
  • After clocking 100 million players, BGMI disappears from Google and Apple app stores.
  • Reportedly, the action came right after the Indian government order.
  • Currently, BGMI is working fine for existing users.
Popular battle royal game Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) has been delisted from Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store in India. According to a TechCrunch report, the app was delisted by Google from both platforms in India on Thursday evening. A Krafton spokesperson confirmed the delisting and said the company is seeking clarification.
According to a Reuters report, the Indian government invoked a section 69A of its IT law to impose restrictions on BGMI. This section allows the Indian government to block public access to content that concerns national security.
Swadeshi Jagran Manch, a political and cultural organisation and Prahar, a non-government organisation repeatedly asked the Indian government to investigate China's influence on BGMI. Also, the president of Prahar, Abhay Mishra said, Swadeshi Jagran Manch is the wing of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh - an influential Hindu nationalist group which is close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said Reuters.
To recall, BGMI is Player Unknown Battleground Mobile’s (PUBG Mobile) tweaker version for India after it was banned alongside 177 Chinese apps by the Indian Government, citing national security issues. The statement said, “it is engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of the state and public order.”
The gameplay and graphics of BGMI are very similar to that of PUBG Mobile; however, it is said to run on different servers. Krafton had said it had cut ties with its publishing partner Tencent and announced $100 million investment to boost the Indian gaming ecosystem. In March 2021, PUBG's South Korean parent invested $22.4 million in Indian esports company Nodwin Gaming. It was following its pledge to invest in India.
Earlier this month company said that BGMI had clocked over 100 million players in India.
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Will BGMI be playable for existing users?

Players who have already installed BGMI on their devices will still be able to play the game as all its features are working both on Android and Apple devices. Also, I tried playing it on my iPhone/ Android phone and it's working normally.

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