Battle Grounds Mobiles India Gets Green Signal from Indian Government: Krafton Successfully Completes 3-Month Audit
Krafton, the South Korean gaming company behind the popular battle royale game Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI), has received full approval from the Indian government to continue its operations in the country, according to a report by Moneycontrol³. The report cited sources familiar with the matter who said that the company had successfully completed a rigorous three-month audit and had addressed all the regulatory concerns regarding the game’s data security and privacy policies.
BGMI is a rebranded version of PUBG Mobile, which was banned in India in September 2022 along with 117 other Chinese apps due to national security reasons. Krafton had severed its ties with Tencent, the Chinese publisher of PUBG Mobile, and had announced its plans to relaunch the game exclusively for the Indian market with a new name and features. The company had also invested $100 million in India to support the local gaming industry and had partnered with Microsoft Azure to host its data.
The game was officially released in India on July 2, 2023, after a beta testing phase that started in May. However, the game was still under a trial period granted by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), which had asked Krafton to submit a detailed report on its compliance with the Indian laws and regulations. The trial period was supposed to end on August 31, 2023, but Krafton had reportedly requested an extension until September 15.
According to the sources, the government did not find any major issues with the game’s data security or privacy policies during the audit and gave its nod for Krafton to operate BGMI in India. However, the game will still have to undergo quarterly assessments to ensure that it continues to follow the guidelines and regulations. The sources also said that Krafton had made several changes in the game to suit the Indian sensibilities and culture, such as replacing blood with green liquid, adding a disclaimer that it is a simulation, and limiting the playtime and spending of underage players.
The approval from the government is a big relief for Krafton and its millions of fans in India, who had been eagerly waiting for the return of PUBG Mobile. BGMI has become one of the most popular games in India, with over 50 million downloads on Google Play Store and over 20 million daily active users. The game is also available on iOS devices since August 18. Krafton has also announced several events and collaborations to celebrate its success and engage with its players, such as partnering with Bollywood star Ranveer Singh as its brand ambassador, launching an exclusive in-game event with Aston Martin, and hosting esports tournaments with huge prize pools.
BGMI’s comeback in India is also a sign of the growing potential of the online gaming market in the country, which is expected to reach $8.6 billion by FY27, according to a report by KPMG⁴. The report attributed this growth to factors such as increased internet and smartphone penetration, rising disposable income, changing consumer preferences, and innovation in gaming content and technology. The report also highlighted the challenges faced by the gaming industry, such as regulatory uncertainty, piracy, taxation, and cyber security.
Therefore, Krafton’s approval to operate BGMI in India after a successful audit is a significant development for the gaming industry and its stakeholders. It not only marks a victory for Krafton but also showcases the immense opportunity for online gaming in India. As the gaming landscape continues to evolve in India, global and local companies are strategically positioning themselves to capitalize on this lucrative market, making the future of gaming in India a promising one.
Here are some of the BGMI redeem codes for 13th September 2023
|BTOQZHZ8CQ||A free outfit and a crate coupon|
|BGMI4EVER||100 UC and a classic crate coupon|
|BGMILOVEU||A free emote and a silver fragment|
|BGMIFUN||A free parachute skin and a BP card|
To redeem these codes, you need to follow these steps:
- Launch BGMI on your device.
- Then select the Redeem Code option from the main menu.
- Next, click on the Redeem code tab.
- A new window will open, requesting the redemption code.
- Now enter your BGMI code.
- Confirm and click on the “Redeem” tab.
If your redeem code is valid, then you will get a message confirming that your rewards were successfully redeemed. (Note that these codes are case-sensitive, so be sure to type them correctly to prevent any errors.)