BGMI Ban: After the Garena Free Fire ban was imposed in India, a lawsuit was filed to ban Battlegrounds Mobile India as well. The government has responded.
BGMI Ban: Following the ban on the popular online multiplayer battle royale game Garena Free Fire in India, a PIL (Public Interest Litigation) has been filed in the Telangana High Court seeking to impose a similar ban on Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) as well . The PIL has been submitted to find out the legal status of BGMI in India. In the past, PUBG, the predecessor of BGMI, was banned because of its connection to China. In fact, BGMI is a clone of the PUBG mobile app. But PUBG game made a comeback as BGMI in India under South Korean publishing house KRAFTON and has been approved by the government. Now, this new PIL has gamers worried about whether the new game could also get a ban. The official answer was not long in coming. Yesterday, the MeitY (Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology) responded to the Supreme Court.
The ministry informed Telangana High Court that the ‘PUBG mobile app’ and ‘BGMI app’ are different and not the same. As a representative of the MeitY, N Samaya Balan also said that only the government has the power to restrict computer access. In a separate note, the ministry also noted that no such request regarding the BGMI ban has been received by the government. The government’s response shows that the popular title of KRAFTON is not in danger of being banned for the time being.
BGMI Ban: Why the Fear of a Ban?
After the shocking ban on Garena Free Fire on Valentine’s Day last month, many were concerned about further bans on other apps. Free Fire’s ban was especially intriguing because the app didn’t belong to a Chinese company, but a Singaporean company called Sea Ltd. The founder of the company Forrest Li, although born Chinese, was a resident of Singapore at this time. Despite this, the ban was served because of Chinese connections confirmed by the government. Recently, RSS affiliate Swadeshi Jagran Manch said the government should carefully investigate “China’s antecedents and influence” of Battlegrounds Mobile India and “take immediate action if it is violated,” PTI said.
Other establishments, including a non-profit organization PRAHAR, also called for a BGMI ban. However, it should be noted that after the first PUBG ban by Tencent, the parent company KRAFTON took over and rebuilt the game for Indian markets, taking into account all the concerns of the government. The chance of a ban on the app therefore remains very small.
It will also be interesting to see if Sea Ltd. takes the same route as the creator of PUBG and brings Garena Free Fire back from the dead.