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Even though the Indian government has banned Krafton’s BGMI in the country, users still cannot download or access the game from Google Play Store. Also, those who have the game are facing issues and can’t play yet. We explain why

Battlegrounds Mobile India popularly known as BGMI is finally coming back to app stores almost 10 months after being banned in the country. On Friday, game developer Krafton announced its return and said it would soon be available to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Although the game is not yet accessible on iOS devices, Android users have been informed that they can get the app by visiting the official BGMI website and clicking the Play button, which redirects them to the download page.

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The game is currently not visible in the App Store. However, even after downloading it, people find it difficult to play the game.

Unable to access or play
Even after downloading it from the website link, players are unable to launch the game and play it. Many gamers have raised this issue specifically with the Android version of the game, prompting the company to issue an official statement.

The company has updated the closed test track for BGMI, allowing players who participated in the game’s public test before its official launch to download it from the Google Play Store. However, a technical error is preventing some users from accessing the game. Krafton is aware of this error and is actively working to resolve it.

The official statement reads: “The closed test track for BGMI has been updated. Players who participated in the public test prior to the game’s launch should receive a message guiding them to the Play Store to download the game. However, the link is currently non-functional as the servers have been shut down preventing game downloads. We also know that other users who did not participate in the closed test are receiving this message. This is a technical error, and we are working to resolve it.

Initial PUBG Mobile Ban in 2020
In September 2020, PUBG Mobile, along with several other Chinese apps, was banned in India by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY). Krafton, the publisher of PUBG Mobile, has worked with the authorities to relaunch the game in India with specific changes and a new name, BGMI. However, BGMI faced another ban a few months later.

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In July 2022, BGMI was removed from app stores, including Google Play and Apple App Store, under Section 69 of the Information Technology Act. Since then, Krafton has been working with Indian authorities to bring BGMI back to the country.

Krafton can’t be tricky, must be careful
During this 90-day period, the game will be closely monitored by the authorities. To comply with the regulations, Krafton had to make several changes, such as changing the blood color from red to green. More importantly, however, Krafton will need to ensure that data generated by Indian users remains in India and that no data will be shared with China whatsoever. The company aims to adhere to government guidelines to avoid any potential violations that could lead to another ban.

Also read: Explained: Why Google and Apple removed BGMI from their respective app stores 2 years after PUBG was banned

“We are grateful to the Indian authorities for allowing us to resume operations of Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI). We extend our thanks to the Indian gaming community for their support and patience over the past few months. We are delighted to announce that Battlegrounds Mobile India will soon be available for download, and we look forward to welcoming you back to our platform,” said Krafton India CEO Sean Hyunil Sohn in the official release last week.

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