Thursday, December 01, 2022

Explained: Why the new PUBG avatar BGMI has been removed from Google, Apple App Store?

Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) is a rebranded version of Korean game publisher Krafton’s PUBG Mobile. has been removed According to sources aware of the development, both Apple and Google from the App Store in India following a government order.

A Crafton spokesperson said: “We are clarifying how BGMI was removed from the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store and will let you know once we have specifics”.

Google confirmed that it has removed the game from its Play Store in India after informing Crafton. “Upon receipt of the order, following established procedure, we have notified the affected developer and blocked access to the app available on the Play Store in India,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement.

Why is BGMI deprecated on Apple, Google App Stores?

While the government is yet to officially comment on why it directed the shutdown of the game, the development comes a month later. 16 year old boy allegedly shot his mother Because it stopped him from playing “online games like pubg”. The issue was also raised in the ongoing session of Parliament, where the government said that the Ministry of Home Affairs is examining some banned apps appearing with a new avatar but with similar functionality.

Last week, Rajya Sabha MP V Vijayasai Reddy had asked whether the IT ministry was taking action against apps like PUBG, saying that “some children have also committed crimes when they were barred from playing the game”.

To this, Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajiv Chandrashekhar had replied: “Various reports and complaints have been received in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) stating that the apps which were blocked are similar to They are appearing with new avatar using names. Or rebranded with similar functionality. All such reports and complaints have been forwarded to the requesting agency Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for investigation. MeitY follows due process as defined in the Information Technology (Procedure and Security Measures to Prevent Access to Information by the Public) Rules, 2009.

“There was a media report that a child has killed his mother on the basis of PUBG which he is playing. It is the subject of investigation by the LEA to find the cause. But, the PUBG gaming app was blocked by MeitY in the year 2020 and since then the PUBG game is not available in India,” Chandrashekhar said.

Why was PUBG Mobile banned in India earlier?

This is the second time the game has been removed from the App Store in India, alongside its predecessor PUBG, the popular battle royale game. being banned in the country before this.

Tencent Games, a Chinese internet company, was publishing PUBG Mobile in India when the game was banned in the country in 2020, along with 117 other applications believed to have originated in China. for allegedly indulging in “prejudicial” activities. For the sovereignty and integrity of India, the defense of India, the security of the state and public order”.

Prior to the game’s re-launch in India in its rebranded form, Crafton’s subsidiary, PUBG Corporation, said in September 2020 that it would not authorize the PUBG Mobile franchise for Tencent Games in India, and would assume all publishing responsibilities in the country. Will handle

Before PUBG, popular short video platform TikTok along with 58 other apps of Chinese origin banned in India Tension between India and China on the border is at its peak in June 2020.

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