Krafton Issues its First Official Statement on the BGMI ban
Krafton India CEO Sean Hyunil Sohn has come up with an official statement on the BGMI ban.
Krafton, the publisher of Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) has issued an official statement on the BGMI ban. Sean Hyunil Sohn, CEO of Krafton Inc India, has issued a statement detailing that users’ privacy and security are the topmost priority of the company. He said that Krafton has complied with all laws and regulations in India including data protection laws and regulations and will continue abiding by them. The Indian government reportedly banned BGMI under section 69A of the IT Act.
Krafton India CEO Sean Hyunil Sohn Responds to BGMI ban
The Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) was reportedly banned by the Indian government under section 69A of the IT Act. BGMI in the first week of July 2022 surpassed 100 million which made it India’s most popular battle royale game. The game was removed from the Indian Play Store and App Store on Thursday evening leaving the Indian gaming community shocked.
Krafton finally issued an official statement on the current situation, addressing BGMI players and fans:
We are committed to the Indian market and are positive about the opportunities in the country. At KRAFTON, Inc. the security and privacy of our user data is of utmost importance to us. We have always been compliant with all laws and regulations in India including data protection laws and regulations and will continue abiding by them. We thank you for all the love and support you have shown us in our journey up till here and hope to continue our association in the future as well. There may be questions in your minds regarding the current situation about the country's most loved game- BGMI. In line with this, we have been working hard to communicate our sincerity with the concerned authorities and resolve the issues. We kindly request you to wait to hear from us. We will keep you informed about further updates. We look forward to strengthening our partnerships and collectively fostering the gaming ecosystem in India."Sean Hyunil Sohn
Krafton through this statement has officially confirmed that they are in touch with the concerned authorities and that actions are underway to restore Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) to the Play Store and App Store. However, considering the amount of time it took for the developers to bring in BGMI after PUBG Mobile was banned, it could take quite a long time for the game to be available for Indian players.
The Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) suspension from Google Play Store and Apple App Store has put a break on the ongoing BGMI esports tournaments. The grand finals of the Rooter Invitational Series have been stuck in the midway due to the current status of BGMI. It has been rumored that if BGMI will not be unbanned, the remaining matches will be held in New State Mobile.
Godlike Esports player Abhijeet Harishchandra "GHATAK" Andhare had initially Tweeted that the ban was not permanent and was only temporary. However, he followed it up with Tweets that indicated doom and gloom for the game. But towards the end, he spoke about the possibility of the block being reversed with his latest being a retweet of the official statement from Krafton’s CEO which has given fans a ray of hope on BGMI's comeback.
The effect of the BGMI ban was seen on Krafton’s share which took a massive hit and fell by 9% on Friday. However, things recovered quickly for the company as they witnessed a slight increase of 5.4% in market share on the same day.