After being banned in India for nearly a year, popular battle royale game Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) is now available to players in the country as the government lifted the ban earlier this month. The game’s developer, Krafton, has announced that the playability of the game will be staggered, allowing users to log in and play the game in phases within a maximum of 48 hours.
Along with the game’s return, BGMI has introduced a 2.5 update that brings new features and in-game events. Krafton has also launched a new marketing campaign called ‘India Ki Heartbeat’ to mark the availability of the game.
One notable addition to BGMI is the limited playtime feature, which restricts users under 18 to three hours of gameplay per day, while other players have a limit of six hours. Parental verification and daily spend limits for minors remain in place to ensure a safe and responsible gaming environment.
Krafton expressed gratitude to the Indian authorities for allowing the resumption of BGMI operations and stated their excitement to welcome players back to the platform. However, Union Minister of State for Electronics and IT, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, clarified on Twitter that the lifting of the ban is a three-month trial approval, during which issues related to user harm and addiction will be closely monitored before a final decision is made.
BGMI initially launched in India in July 2021, almost a year after the ban on its predecessor PUBG due to geopolitical issues. Within a year of its launch, BGMI amassed 100 million registered users in India by July 2022.
With the return of BGMI, Krafton has also launched Krafton India Esports, an esports YouTube channel and Instagram page dedicated to the Indian market. The gaming industry in India continues to thrive, with the market valued at $2.6 billion in FY22 and expected to reach $8.6 billion by FY27, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27%, according to a report.
The re-entry of BGMI in India marks a significant milestone for gamers and signals the industry’s potential for further growth in the country.