BGMI has been removed from Google Play Store and Apple App Store, a few days after it celebrated its first launch anniversary in India. However, Google India Confirmed that they have received an order from the government to remove the BGMI game. “On receipt of the order, following the established process, we have notified the affected developer and have blocked access to the app that remained available on the Play Store in India,” said Google India. PUBG Mobile was banned by the Government of India on September 2, 2020. According to a report by IANS, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) affiliated Swadeshi Jagran Manch has supported this initiative by Prahar and has called for an investigation into the antecedents and China influence of BGMI-PUBG.
- Prahar, an NGO has urged the government to block the Chinese gaming app BGMI-PUBG and add it to the list of 54 Chinese apps banned on February 14, 2022 saying its omission in the list is a “clear lapse in judgement on part of the Government”.
- Union Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, Rajeev Chandrasekhar pointed out media reports that claimed that a child killed his mother “under the influence of PUBG”. While PUBG Mobile is already banned in India, he highlighted in Rajya Sabha that the banned apps appearing in new names is a concern.
- BGMI has already set a purchase limit of Rs 7,000 in the game, children ‘stealing’ and spending money on online gaming is a concern for parents these days. Also, another issue that has come to the forefront is that kids have started to bet money among their friends over how they perform on BGMI and other games. While the bets are of small denominations mostly, it can’t be ignored that school-going kids are getting hooked to betting.