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BGMI gets clean chit from Govt; gets permanently unbanned

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Krafton has received approval to operate Battlegrounds mobile India (BGMI) after their 3-month trial. The makers were told to maintain safe gameplay environment during the trial period. Going ahead, the game will be assessed quarterly to ensure a safe gaming experience.

BGMI was unbanned temporarily back in May and broke records within several weeks of its return. The return, however, was not easy as Krafton had to make various changes to the game.

As per Moneycontrol, the Ministry of Information Technology (MeitY) had recommended changes to ensure safety of the gamers. These changes included limited gameplay time for minors, changes to in-game visuals for minimizing violence. Spending limits were also implied for minors to ensure responsible gaming.

As Krafton has functioned lawfully during the temporary unban period, the game can now continue to operate freely. However, it is to be noted that breach of any conditions might lead to strict government actions.

Along with BGMI, another popular battle royale game has made a comeback. Garena’s Free Fire has also made some changes with its country-exclusive title named Free Fire India. The game will have similar restrictions and will be available to download from September 5.

Esports sector growing rapidly in India

The video game and esports sector is now experiencing even greater growth. Many firms have started to notice the potential of the sector and invest in it. Krafton is also following up on its promise and will be investing $150 million in Indian gaming startups.

Recently, several esports tournaments are also taking place, these include the BGMS 2023, Skyesports Masters, etc. Many of the industry experts also believe it to be the best time to invest in the sector.

A Niko Partners’ report revealed that the estimated revenue for 2022 crossed $700 million for mobile and PC gaming. It further revealed that the revenue is expected to reach $1.4 billion by 2026. Furthermore, the number of gamers in 2022 stood at 400 million and is expected to reach 630 million by 2026.

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