Battlegrounds Mobile India banned, but iOS players can still buy UC, says YouTuber

    Battlegrounds Mobile India players can still buy the in-game UC through this flaw even after the game was banned in India.
    By: SHAURYA TOMER
    | Updated on: Aug 22 2022, 15:31 IST
    BGMI BAN in India: Here's what we know and how it impacts you
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    1/6 Yes, BGMI stands banned in India, according to reports. BGMI players were left shocked after seeing the Battlegrounds Mobile India app disappear from the Google Play Store and the App Store without providing any prior information. This disappearance has floated rumours of a possible ban on the app. (BGMI)
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    2/6 ames like PUBG Mobile India and Garena Free Fire were recently banned in India due to their links with China which affected state security. However, since BGMI has no ties to China, the reason behind BGMI’s disappearance is still unclear. (BGMI)
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    3/6 MySmartPrice reached out to Krafton over the delisting of the app from the Google Play Store and the App Store. Krafton told MySmartPrice, “We are clarifying how BGMI was removed from Google Play and will let you know once we get specific information.” (BGMI)
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    4/6 Manish Singh from TechCrunch took to Twitter to share that “BGMI has been pulled from the Play Store because of a government order - a person familiar with the matter.” (BGMI)
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    5/6 BGMI arrived in 2021 as a boon to former PUBG Mobile players who were left disappointed when PUBG Mobile was banned in 2020 due to security risks arising because of its links to China. Now, Krafton has yet to come out with a statement so the official reason behind BGMI’s disappearance is still unclear. (PUBG Mobile )
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    6/6 This means that players won’t be able to download the BGMI app from the Google Play Store or the App Store. However, if you already have the app installed on your smartphone, it won’t affect you and you can still play the game. (Twitter/New State Mobile)
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    BGMI was banned by the government in July. (BGMI)

    Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) was banned in India for both Android and iOS devices back in July. However, a recent video by a YouTuber showed a flaw where players on iOS devices could still purchase the in-game UC currency. Popular YouTuber Creative Pavan recently uploaded a video where he showed that iOS players could still purchase the UC using a workaround.

    How does the BGMI UC glitch work?

    Creative Pavan demonstrated how he was able to purchase the BGMI UC. An Apple ID is a prerequisite for this glitch to work. First, he took to UPI to recharge his Apple ID by Rs. 2000. Then, he used the funds in the Apple ID to purchase a Rs. 699 UC Pack through the in-game store.

    Although this glitch worked for Creative Pavan, players are advised not to use it to make in-game purchases as BGMI has been banned in India.

    Why was BGMI banned?

    Battlegrounds Mobile India was launched in India in 2021 as a replacement for the already banned PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Mobile, popularly known as PUBG Mobile. PUBG Mobile was banned due to its links with China which posed a risk to state security. Subsequently, another popular mobile game known as Garena Free Fire was also banned due to the same reasons. BGMI was released last year after PUBG's ban due to high demand from PUBG's player base and it became an instant hit.

    BGMI is based on PUBG but it was released by South Korean company Krafton. Since the mobile game seemingly had no ties to China, people were left confused as to why it disappeared from the Google Play Store and the App Store recently.

    Google said, “On receipt of the order, following established process, we have notified the affected developer and have blocked access to the app that remained available on the Play Store in India.”

    Recently, it has been revealed that the game was banned for collecting sensitive user data. Will the ban over BGMI be lifted? It is still unclear.

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