PlayerUnknown’s Battleground (PUBG), a famous fighting and survival game, has been restricted in India.
The Apple and Google app stores no longer have Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) available.
After receiving a government order, Google claimed it had restricted access to the game in the nation.
The creator Krafton acknowledged the information and stated that it was speaking with authorities to determine why it had been halted.
The Indian government outlawed a number of Chinese-origin apps in 2020, including PUBG, which has been rebranded as BGMI.
Dispute between the two nations along a contentious Himalayan border accompanied the embargo in 2020.
India banned Chinese-linked apps like WeChat Work and TikTok in phases throughout the course of the year.
According to tech expert Prasanto K Roy, “the government had banned these apps alleging security concerns, data of Indian people flowing out, etc. However, it was primarily aimed to put pressure on China over the border conflict.”
PUBG was created by a Krafton subsidiary, a South Korean business, and was run in India by Tencent Games, a branch of Tencent Holdings, a Chinese multinational.
In 2021, the business severed connections with Tencent in India and released BGMI. Krafton claimed that 100 million Indian users had enrolled for the game one year after its release.
After a 16-year-old kid in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, shot and killed his mother for reprimanding him for playing the game, PUBG once more made news in June.
The event brought up the issue of game violence again and was also discussed in the current session of parliament.
The government said it was investigating claims of rebranded and similarly sounding apps in answer to a question from a member of parliament regarding these apps.
According to Mr. Roy, the current BGMI ban is related to the Chinese app ban.
According to him, the government has added an additional degree of scrutiny to financing sources that originate from nations with which India has a land border. It has also started scrutinising apps with Chinese origins more and more closely.
The Reserve Bank of India and the government have been taking tough measures against lending-related apps this year. “These apps are not regulated and have caused real problems, yet the focus of the attention is primarily on China,” he claims.
While China’s Tencent Holdings owns a 13.6 percent share in BGMI through its subsidiary Image Frame Capital, it is produced by the South Korean company Krafton.