Battlegrounds Mobile India
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Official logo

Developer(s)Krafton
Publisher(s)Krafton
EngineUnreal Engine 4
Platform(s)
Release
  • 2 July 2021 (Android)
  • 18 August 2021 (iOS)
Genre(s)Battle royale
Mode(s)Multiplayer

Battlegrounds Mobile India (in short form BGMI,[1] previously known as PUBG Mobile India[2]) is an online multiplayer battle royale game developed and published by Krafton. The game is exclusively for the Indian users.[3][4][5][6]

The game released on 2 July 2021 for Android devices,[7] and on 18 August 2021 for iOS devices.[8]

History[edit]

On September 2, 2020,[9] the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India banned PUBG Mobile along with 117[10] Chinese applications stating that the apps were engaged in activities which were prejudicial and threat to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of the state and public order[10] under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act.[11]

In November 2020, some news came that PUBG Mobile was coming back to India named as PUBG Mobile India.[12] On November 24, 2020, a news published on The Times of India reported that PUBG Corporation (renamed PUBG Studios) and South Korea’s video game company Krafton Inc. have registered PUBG India Private Limited[13] under Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India to relaunch PUBG Mobile in India.[14]

In May 2021, it came to notice that PUBG Mobile was rebranding themselves as Battlegrounds Mobile India to enter in the Indian gaming market.[15] After that on May 7, 2021, a news by The Indian Express reported that, Krafton confirmed in a press statement that they were going to launch Battlegrounds Mobile India, a similar game to PUBG Mobile.[16]

Data Privacy Conflict[edit]

After the early beta release for Android users, on June 21, 2021, IGN India first reported that the data regarding users Android device was being sent to Tencent-owned China servers.[17] The one reason behind this could be because of PUBG Mobile account transfer feature that Krafton is allowing BGMI players to transfer their account and game data from PUBG Mobile to BGMI till December 2021, reported by The Times of India.[18]

After this data sharing violation, Krafton, the developer of Battlegrounds Mobile India released a short in-game update on June 22, 2021[19] to fix this data sharing issue with China-located servers.[20] However, it was also reported that the game may ping to Chinese servers if a user deletes the application data.[20][19]

Release[edit]

The game was announced on 6 May 2021.[21][22] The pre-registrations of the game were started for Android users on 18 May 2021[23][24] and early access beta version of the game was released on 17 June 2021 only for Android users.[25][26] The game released on 2 July 2021 for Android devices,[7] and on 18 August 2021 for iOS devices.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Battlegrounds Mobile India launch: Get BGMI Early Access file; also check APK+OBB download links. Zee Business. 19 May 2021. Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  2. ^ Singh Arora, Karanveer (21 November 2020). PUBG Mobile India relaunch: Reactions from the gaming community. The Indian Express. Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  3. ^ PUBG Mobile officially renamed as Battlegrounds Mobile India, website goes live. Times of India. 6 May 2021. Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  4. ^ Battlegrounds Mobile India will replace PUBG Mobile in India, KRAFTON officially unveils the logo. Firstpost. 6 May 2021. Retrieved 18 June 2021.
  5. ^ PUBG Mobiles parent company announces launch of Battlegrounds Mobile India. Business Today. 6 May 2021. Retrieved 18 June 2021.
  6. ^ Krafton announces PUBG Mobile to return as Battlegrounds Mobile India; registrations to open soon. The Indian Express. 7 May 2021. Retrieved 18 June 2021.
  7. ^ a b Battlegrounds Mobile India officially launched in India: Launch details, in-game content, free rewards and more. The Times of India. 2 July 2021. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  8. ^ a b Battlegrounds Mobile India is now available on iOS: Download details, rewards and more. Times of India. 18 August 2021. Retrieved 18 August 2021.
  9. ^ PUBG Ban: PUBG Mobile is Still Working in India After Ministry Bans The Game. India.com News. 7 September 2020. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  10. ^ a b PUBG Mobile, 117 Chinese apps banned in India: Check the full list. The Indian Express. 5 September 2020. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  11. ^ BHUSHAN, KUL (3 September 2020). PUBG Mobile ban: Heres why the Indian government blocked the game. HT Tech. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  12. ^ PUBG Mobile coming back to India: Heres everything you need to know. The Indian Express. 12 November 2020. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  13. ^ PUBG India is now a registered company in India; do pre-registration to download PUBG mobile this way. Zee Business. 24 November 2020. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  14. ^ Sarkar, Debashis (24 November 2020). Government approves PUBG India company registration; PUBG Mobile game to relaunch soon. The Times of India. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  15. ^ Dogra, Sarthak (5 May 2021). PUBG Mobile may return as Battlegrounds Mobile India, here is what to expect. India Today. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  16. ^ Krafton announces PUBG Mobile to return as Battlegrounds Mobile India; registrations to open soon. The Indian Express. 7 May 2021. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  17. ^ Alwani, Rishi (21 June 2021). Battlegrounds Mobile India Android Data Sent to China Server [UPDATE]. IGN India. Retrieved 23 June 2021.
  18. ^ Battlegrounds Mobile India found sharing data with Chinese servers. The Times of India. 21 June 2021. Retrieved 23 June 2021.
  19. ^ a b Alwani, Rishi (22 June 2021). Battlegrounds Mobile India Update Fixes China Server Data Sharing. IGN. Retrieved 23 June 2021.
  20. ^ a b Battlegrounds Mobile India is now safe to play: Report. The Times of India. 22 June 2021. Retrieved 23 June 2021.
  21. ^ Wait over? PUBG Mobile India aka Battlegrounds Mobile India may arrive as early as this month. India Today. 6 May 2021. Retrieved 18 June 2021.
  22. ^ Krafton announces launch of Battlegrounds Mobile India, logo revealed. India TV. 6 May 2021. Retrieved 18 June 2021.
  23. ^ Battlegrounds Mobile India is now open for pre-registration on Google Play Store. Firstpost. 18 May 2021. Retrieved 18 June 2021.
  24. ^ Battlegrounds Mobile India pre-registration to begin TODAY: Things to know. DNA India. 18 May 2021. Retrieved 18 June 2021.
  25. ^ Battleground Mobile India Beta version released: Heres how you can get early access. Republic World. 17 June 2021. Retrieved 18 June 2021.
  26. ^ Battlegrounds Mobile India now available to download as early access on Google Play. India Today. 17 June 2021. Retrieved 18 June 2021.

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