BGMI: India lifts ban on Krafton’s mobile game

India lifts ban on Krafton's mobile game BGMI
Image: Reuters

After a 10-month ban, South Korean developer Krafton announced on Friday that India had approved the trial relaunch of their game Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI).

According to a Krafton Inc. representative, South Korea’s foreign and culture ministries met with their Indian counterparts to discuss lifting the ban.

Last July, Krafton’s flagship game BGMI was blocked in India due to security and privacy concerns regarding data sharing and mining in China.

Tencent, a Chinese technology company, owns 13.5 percent of Krafton.

Following a review of the game’s server locations and data security, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, India’s deputy minister for IT, tweeted that the game would be allowed to run for a three-month trial period.

Krafton will be relatively unaffected by political squabbles with China, according to Daishin Securities analyst Jeeeun Lee.

“It will be difficult for India to impose an outright ban on companies affiliated with China over political issues when they operate through a local corporation that employs Indian workers, such as Krafton,” she said.

Krafton shares were up 1.45% at the market close on Friday, outperforming the 0.89 percent gain in the broader KOSPI index.

Before it was removed from the Android and iOS platforms, BGMI was used by over a hundred million Indians.

According to the game’s official Facebook page, it will be available very soon.

During the trial period, the government will closely monitor other issues related to user harm and addiction, according to Chandrasekhar.

The release of BGMI followed New Delhi’s 2020 ban on another Krafton game, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG).

Following a 2020 clash between the neighbors, the government increased its scrutiny of Chinese businesses, and PUBG was included in a larger ban on more than 300 Chinese apps, including short-video platform TikTok.

The government has also increased its oversight of Chinese investment in Indian companies.

About News Team

Hi, I'm Alex Perez, an experienced writer with a focus on lifestyle and culture news. From food and fashion to travel and entertainment, I love exploring the latest trends and sharing my insights with readers. I also have a strong interest in world news and business, and enjoy covering breaking stories and events.

Have a tip we should know?

Most Read

  1. News
    Pandora Papers Financial Leak Shows Us the Secrets of the World’s Rich and Powerful
    2 years ago
  2. Health
    US Supreme Court Rejects J & J TALC Cancer Case Appeal
    3 years ago
  3. Lifestyle
    9 Habits that Drain your Daily Focus and How to Avoid Them
    3 years ago
    Women’s Demand for Shapewear – the big Trends
    3 years ago
    Valentino Launches its Cosmetics Line
    3 years ago
  6. Health
    US Promises to Share 60 million Doses of AstraZeneca Vaccines
    3 years ago
  7. Health
    UK Offers Aid Amid Surging COVID-19 Cases in India
    3 years ago
  8. Sports
    Thousands of fans welcome Charlton funeral cortege at Old Trafford
    3 months ago
  9. News
    Brit left fighting for life after train derails in Argentinia
    3 months ago
    Dubai faces down airline rivals with $50 bln jet orders
    3 months ago
  11. Sunak
    UK’s Sunak brings back Cameron, sacks Braverman
    3 months ago
  12. Sports
    Man United’s Hojlund, Eriksen withdrawn from Denmark team duty
    3 months ago
  13. Health
    Autumn Sneezing Syndrome is on the rise… here’s what you can do
    3 months ago
  14. Canada
    Canada beat Italy to win Billie Jean King Cup for first time
    3 months ago

Follow @rushhourdaily: