According to a report by MySmartPrice, Nandi shared a statement via Instagram revealing that the plan to remove BGMI was in the making for five months. Crafton was reportedly notified by the government a week before the ban took effect.
He also assured fans of BGMI that the government has passed an interim order banning the game – BGMI is not outright banned in India yet. Nandi also indicated that TikTok is also on its way to make a comeback in India soon. TikTok was banned in India in June 2020.
BGMI is developed by South Korean studio Krafton, backed by China’s Tencent Games. The game was reportedly banned by the Indian government for sending user data to Chinese servers. Its disappearance from Google Play and App Store was very bad news for fans, which also left the eSports community very disappointed. However, Krafton’s New State Mobile is still available on both the app stores.
A year since its launch in July 2021, BGMI has gained massive traction in India. It has reportedly garnered over 100 million registered users in the country. It has gained popularity among content creators. Crafton had reportedly planned to host four professional and semi-professional BGMI tournaments in India. The developer is also believed to have invested around $10 million (about Rs 80 crore) to develop the local gaming and esports industries.