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BGMI back on the Google Play Store from today? You can download now? Here is TRUTH

Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) may be back from the dead, but it still cannot be downloaded from Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

| Updated on: May 23 2023, 11:56 IST
BGMI to make a comeback? CHECK what the banned game said
1/6 After a 10-month-long ban by the government of India, some relief might finally be coming for Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) fans. Some reports earlier suggested that the ban on the game might have been lifted, and now Krafton has released an official statement revealing that the game might soon make a comeback. (BGMI)
2/6 Sean Hyunil Sohn, CEO of Krafton India, said, “We are highly grateful to the Indian authorities for allowing us to resume operations of Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI)...We are excited to announce that Battlegrounds Mobile India will be available for download soon and we cannot wait to welcome you back to our platform”. (BGMI)
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3/6 According to reports, the government has unbanned the game for a temporary period of three months during which the game would be monitored and analysed by officials. If the app is found to violate any of the rules of the country, it can get banned again. However, if it passes the monitoring period, it is likely to gain a permanent unbanned status.  (Divya / HT Tech)
4/6 Some reports have also highlighted that the game will have to make some adjustments before it is available to download. These include implementing a time limit that will restrict the number of hours someone can play the game in a day.  (BGMI)
5/6 Additionally, the color of blood (which is displayed every time a player is shot or is killed), which was green prior to the ban, may also have to be entirely removed from the game. (BGMI)
6/6 There has been no announcement regarding the timeline on when the game will be available to download on App Store and Play Store, although the company has said that it will be ready to play soon. (Pixabay)
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BGMI is now available for download on the Google Play Store. (Screenshot| BGMI)

One of the most popular battle royal mobile games in India, Battlegrounds Mobile India, also known as BGMI, has seen its ban lifted. Earlier it was reported that BGMI could be downloaded from the Google Play Store, but that has turned out to be a ‘glitch', says the company. Presently, BGMI is not available on the Apple App Store for iOS, or on Google Play for Android.

Ina statement, BGMI said, “This is a glitch.” It added, “Currently, the closed test track for BGMI is updated. Those who opted for a public test for the game before its launch are expected to get a message which takes them to play store for downloading the game.” 

It added, However, the link wont work and the game cannot be downloaded as the servers have been shut. We also understand that some other users who had not opted for the closed test are also getting this message. This is a technical error and we are working on resolving it."

In effect, users currently cannot play BGMI. It is anticipated that this problem will be resolved shortly.

Just a few days ago, BGMI ban was lifted by the Indian government. BGMI was removed from both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store last year due to security concerns. PUBG Mobile, the predecessor of BGMI, remains banned in India for similar reasons, including its connection to China. Some lawmakers also expressed opposition to the game's availability in India due to its impact on children. 

It has been reported that BGMI's current return is contingent upon certain conditions set by the Indian government. Firstly, the government has requested the developer to incorporate a time limit into the game to address addiction concerns. Secondly, BGMI is reportedly required to modify its user interface (UI) to make it suitable for Indian audiences. Interestingly, prior to its ban, BGMI was already customised for Indian users, and Krafton had announced a partnership with Microsoft Azure to safeguard Indian users' data.

The return of BGMI also brings relief to numerous professional mobile gamers. Loco founders, Ashwin Suresh and Anirudh Pandita, commented on the revival, stating, “This comeback holds immense potential for players and the gaming industry as a whole.”

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First Published Date: 22 May, 11:47 IST