The wait for Battlegrounds Mobile India is finally over. The developer, Krafton shared the news on its social media handles that the game has officially launched on July 2nd, 2021.
Krafton had started pre-registrations for the much awaited game around mid-May. After receiving over 20 million pre-registrations in just two weeks, the developer launched the early access version of the game on June 17th, 2021.
Changhan Kim, CEO, Krafton said, “I am very happy to introduce Battleground Mobile India to Indian users.”
Currently, the game is only available on Android devices. iOS users may have to wait a little longer. The South Korean developer also extended the ‘India ka Battlegrounds’ gifts and rewards for the players until August 19th, 2021.
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Players who had earlier downloaded the early access can simply update the app from Play Store, now that the game has been released officially. Talking about the security, the developer stated in a blog post, “For the safe delivery service of Battlegrounds Mobile India, Krafton has raised personal information protection and information security regulations to the highest level in the industry and has also strengthened its policy to strictly comply with personal information protection laws and software-related laws.”
The previous version of the game PUBG Mobile was banned in September last year due to national security concerns. However, the popularity of the game among Indians made the developer re-launch the game in India. The developer launched a variant of the original PUBG under the name Battlegrounds Mobile India.
The blogpost by the developer also stated, “Krafton plans to do its best to foster the esports ecosystem in India by organizing various game competitions and leagues, starting with the launch of ‘Battleground Mobile India’ for Indian users who have responded favorably to PUBG IP.”
Reacting to the launch of the much awaited game, Mr. Tarun Gupta, Founder, Ultimate Battle said, “At Ultimate Battle we were excited and eagerly waiting for BGMI to launch in India. It finally seems to be happening now and it’s historic.
The first reactions from both professionals and casual gamers will be critical as this will reflect on the overall acceptance of BGMI in India. It’s also important to mention that the expectations of the esports community from BGMI are really high. We’ll also be looking into adding BGMI to the All India Esports league (AIEL) which will be launched this month.”
Abhishek Aggarwal, co-founder and CEO, Trinity Gaming said, “Finally, we all are witnessing the historic moment in the Indian gaming and esports industry as this exclusively designed game will fuel the growth of mobile gaming in India and the game will leverage the power of the mobile-first gaming ecosystem of the country.
The journey from becoming a gamer to an influencer has just begun and it will be exciting to see how new gamers will grab this opportunity. For the gaming & esports content creators, it will be a new route to explore more new content and also engage with the new set of followers of Battlegrounds Mobile India.”
Mr. Lokesh Suji, Director, Esports Federation of India & Vice President of the Asian Esports Federation (AESF) stated, “After much discussion, we can now finally roll on to the exclusive esports game, created just for Indian players. It is much celebrated because of the exclusivity it offers and it also portrays how important the Indian esports sector has become for global gaming developers.
With the latest launch, we can envision that the gaming community will thrive and we can expect to see more exclusive multiplayer games being curated for the Indian market. It also supports our vision that India will become the next powerhouse in esports.
It would have been great to see if our Indian game developers will create a game based on Indian ethos and culture which will create the exact buzz and hype just like BGMI did in India.”
Amarylisa Gonsalves is a Content Writer at Gutshot Magazine. Advancing from a marketing background, she found her calling in writing. She takes delight in exploring genres and is a curious learner. Patient and ambivert, she believes in letting her work speak for itself. Apart from content writing, she finds solace in writing poetry by manifesting herself through words. Additionally, she adores indulging in travelling, drawing and DIY crafts.
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