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Reason for Bgmi and 50 Other Apps Banned in India

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Did you know BGMI and 50 other apps banned in India? On 28th July 2022, the Government of India directed Apple and Google to delist BGMI from their app stores.This came as a shock for every gamer who played Battlegrounds Mobile India. This is the latest gaming app to face the clampdown of the Indian government.

BGMI and 50 other Apps banned in India

Google pulled off this game from Google Play Store. A spokesperson from Google told TechCrunch, “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.”

Shortly after, Krafton, the developer, delisted the game itself from the Apple App Store as told to TechCrunch by a person who knew about this. Apple is yet to respond to TechCrunch for a comment.

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Here are the names of all 54 apps apart from BGMI that have been banned by the Government of India in 2021:

  1. Wink: Connect Now
  2. FunChat Meet People Around You
  3. FancyU pro – Instant Meetup through Video
  4. Beauty Camera: Sweet Selfie HD
  5. Beauty Camera – Selfie Camera
  6. Equalizer — Bass Booster & Volume EQ & Virtualizer
  7. Music Player- Music, Mp3 Player
  8. U Game Booster-network solution for high ping
  9. Extraordinary Ones
  10. Badlanders
  11. Stick Fight: The Game Mobile
  12. Twilight Pioneers
  13. Cute: Match With The World
  14. SmallWorld-Enjoy group chat and video chat
  15. CuteU Pro
  16. FancyU – Video Chat & Meetup
  17. RealU: Go Live, Make Friends
  18. MoonChat: Enjoy Video Chats
  19. RealU Lite -video to live!
  20. Viva Video Editor – Snack Video Maker with Music
  21. Nice video Baidu
  22. Tencent Xriver
  23. Onmyoji Chess
  24. Onmyoji Arena
  25. AppLock
  26. Dual Space Lite – Multiple Accounts & Clone App
  27. Dual Space Pro – Multiple Accounts & App Cloner
  28. DualSpace Lite – 32Bit Support
  29. Dual Space – 32Bit Support
  30. Dual Space – 64Bit Support
  31. Music Plus – MP3 Player
  32. Equalizer Pro – Volume Booster & Bass Booster
  33. Video Player Media All Format
  34. Music Player – Equalizer & MP3
  35. Volume Booster – Loud Speaker & Sound Booster
  36. Music Player – MP3 Player
  37. CamCard for SalesForce Ent
  38. Isoland 2: Ashes of Time Lite
  39. Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade
  40. APUS Security HD (Pad Version)
  41. Parallel Space Lite 32 Support
  42. Equalizer & Bass Booster – Music Volume EQ
  43. Dual Space Pro – 32Bit Support
  44. Conquer Online – MMORPG Gam
  45. Garena Free Fire- Illuminate
  46. Conquer Online Il
  47. Live Weather & Radar – Alerts
  48. Notes- Color Notepad, Notebook
  49. MP3 Cutter – Ringtone Maker & Audio Cutter
  50. Voice Recorder & Voice Changer
  51. Barcode Scanner – QR Code Scan
  52. Lica Cam – selfie camera app
  53. EVE Echoes
  54. Astracraft

What does Krafton have to say?

A spokesperson from Krafton confirmed the delisting and said they are seeking clarification. As soon as it happened, Krafton’s shares dropped over 9% on 29th July 2022, until they recovered partially.

India banned more than 300 apps having links with China since tension soared between both countries resulting from the skirmishes along the Himalayan border in 2020.

Of all the banned apps, Krafton’s PUBG was the only game that returned with a revamped avatar. Headquartered in South Korea, Krafton declared that it had cut all ties with Tencent Games, its publishing partner. It also pledged to invest $ 100 million in the gaming ecosystem of India.

Krafton said repeatedly that PUBG and BGMI are different games. Moreover, the developer had put safeguards in place including enforcing a time limit on the usage and login authentication to prevent misuse.

Sean Hyunil Sohn, Krafton’s India CEO, told TechCrunch, “The game is extremely popular, and these issues come with the territory. We don’t know the details of the fraud and how it was committed, but these are extreme cases. We constantly work towards securing a safe gameplay experience for users.”

“The government does not intervene in which apps can function and which cannot. They intervene in digital security and privacy concerns, and BGMI complies with all guidelines. MeitY (Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology) has also noted that PUBG and BGMI are different games,” he added.

The company also invested in startups in India like Loco, Nodwin Gaming, Kuku FM, and Pratilipi. They told TechCrunch earlier that its investment in India will touch $ 140 million within the next month.

Since its launch, BGMI was downloaded more than 100 million times in India and had 16.5 million active users monthly.

Also Read: India Bans PUBG Mobile and 118 Apps: The Full List of Banned Apps

Reason for the ban

The Government of India did not give any reason for this decision. But Reuters said it could have been done based on Section 69A of Indian IT laws.

It was also reported last month by local media with questionable authenticity that a child killed his mother under the game’s influence. This news also reached the parliament. Junior IT Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar said the law enforcement agencies are investigating the matter.

The instruction to remove BGMI came almost a year after India banned PUBG. Are you a fan? Did you play the game? Let us know in the comments section below how the news of Bgmi and 50 other apps banned in India hit you.

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