Indian Union Minister Confirms That BGMI’s Return is a “Three-Month Trial”

Abhimannu Das
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<div class="paragraphs"><p>Rajeev Chandrashekhar -&nbsp;India’s Union Minister of State for Entrepreneurship</p></div>
Rajeev Chandrashekhar -&nbsp;India’s Union Minister of State for Entrepreneurship


Krafton announced the return of Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) to the Indian market.
The unban is a three-month trial during which the Indian government will actively monitor the game with regard to self-harm and addiction that may affect players.
If the game is cleared after the three-month period, it is likely to resume regular operations.

In an eagerly anticipated announcement, Krafton has officially declared that Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) will soon be returning, bringing joy to countless fans. However, it is important to note that this does not imply an immediate and complete unbanning of the game. India's Union Minister of State for Entrepreneurship, Skill Development, Electronics & Technology Rajeev Chandrashekhar took to Twitter to reveal that BGMI's comeback will be in the form of a three-month trial approval.

During this period, the Indian government will closely monitor and assess concerns related to "user harm and addiction" before making a final decision regarding the game's permanent status.

The Government of India will keep a close watch on BGMI 

According to the Union Minister, the government will keep a close watch on other issues of “user harm and addiction” in the next three months before a final decision is taken regarding the game’s unban.

While the exact date of BGMI's relaunch has not been disclosed by Krafton, the company has assured eager gamers that its release on both Android and iOS platforms is imminent, adding to the mounting excitement. The Indian esports industry (having endured significant setbacks following the initial ban on BGMI) eagerly awaits the return of this popular battle royale title, as no other game has managed to replicate the immense hype and impact that the Battle Royale had on the market.

According to Krafton, the company is emphasizing its "India-first" approach as the cornerstone of all of its efforts. The company aims to invest in the Indian gaming industry, contribute to a vibrant ecosystem that fosters growth and innovation, and collaborate with local developers to enhance technological advancements.

According to Reuters, the government used powers it has under India's IT law to block Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) in 2022, relying on a provision it has invoked since 2020 to ban several other Chinese apps on national security concerns.

If things progress positively and BGMI successfully clears the three-month trial period, it will undoubtedly be an immense victory for the Indian esports and gaming community. The lifting of the ban would not only reignite the enthusiasm and passion of millions of gamers but also bring about a resurgence in the Indian esports industry

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Abhimannu is a PC esports writer at AFK Gaming. With over seven years of experience in esports journalism, he has worked on a myriad of games and their ecosystems including Valorant, Overwatch and Apex Legends.