'Yeh aate rehta aur jaate rehta he' - Fans elated as BGMI set to return to India as government temporarily lifts ban

Krafton has now announced that BGMI will be returning, only days after reports of ongoing negotiations with Indian officials.

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The famous battle royale game BGMI went offline and disappeared from Android and iOS app stores after being banned in India in July due to security concerns. Fans of the game have been longing for its return ever since. Krafton has now announced that the game will be returning, only days after a report indicated ongoing negotiations between the developer and Indian officials.

Sean Hyunil Sohn, CEO of Krafton India, says, “We are highly grateful to the Indian authorities for allowing us to resume operations of Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI). We would like to extend our gratitude to our Indian gaming community for their support and patience over the past few months. 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.”

According to sources, Krafton must meet specific requirements before relaunching the BGMI in the nation. One of these requirements is imposing a daily time restriction on BGMI in order to reduce addiction, particularly among children. This is comparable to China's own three-hour PUBG restriction. Furthermore, officials have asked Krafton to remove any blood effects from the game. BGMI used to show green blood effects by default.

Despite the restriction, the mobile battle royale game genre remains extremely popular in India. When BGMI was removed, users turned to other games like Call of Duty: Mobile and Free Fire to keep the fun going.

Sean Hyunil Sohn, CEO of Krafton, disclosed the company's ambitions to grow its investment in the Indian gaming market. “To achieve our mission, we aim to augment technology developments in India by collaborating with local developers and promoting the use of cutting-edge technologies. We also recognise the importance of providing skilling and employment opportunities for Indian talent, which can help them nurture their skillset and thrive in the industry,” he said.

Here is how fans reacted to BGMI's ban being lifted

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