Krafton to relaunch BGMI mobile game in India, a year after ban


South Korean giant Krafton said on Friday that it has secured the approval from the Indian authorities to resume operations of Battlegrounds Mobile India. It plans to relaunch the title in the South Asian market “soon.” The move follows New Delhi blocking the game last year, less than two years after banning Krafton’s marquee offering PUBG.

Krafton has been engaging with New Delhi in recent weeks and received the approval to push ahead with the resumption of BGMI earlier this month, according to a person familiar with the matter. Krafton did not respond to a request for comment on Thursday.

“We are highly grateful to the Indian authorities for allowing us to resume operations of Battlegrounds Mobile India. We would like to extend our gratitude to our Indian gaming community for their support and patience over the past few months,” Sean Hyunil Sohn, chief executive of Krafton India, said in a statement.

“We are excited to announce that Battlegrounds Mobile India will be available for download soon and we cannot wait to welcome you back to our platform. We believe in the power of gaming to bring people together and create unforgettable experiences. We are committed to delivering exceptional products and services to our users in India and beyond, and we look forward to continuing our journey with you.”

The move comes at a time when New Delhi is contemplating reversing ban on a number of apps that it deemed had links to China. E-commerce service Shein is also set to re-enter India in partnership with local retail giant Reliance Retail, WSJ reported Thursday.

More to follow.


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