Reports: Ban on BGMI to be lifted for three months

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Ban on popular mobile Battle Royale game Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) is expected to be lifted for three months by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) according to sources who spoke with News18 on the matter.

MeitY will soon issue a temporary clearance that will lift the ban on the online game from all app distribution platforms according to some of the top officials. The unban is a great news for gamers but it comes with certain conditions.

As mentioned earlier, the game will be unbanned for a period of 90 days in order to assess and re-evaluate its impact. Authorities will keep an eye for any violations of the online gaming rules and so the game could still be banned if it doesn’t follow the stipulated guidelines.

Previous speculations regarding minor censorship like changes in blood colour have been brought into effect. The blood splash while shooting opponents will be green instead of red. This option was previously available in the game but had to be turned on manually. But with the unban, it will be on by default.

Another important piece of information provided by the source is that the fans will not be able to play the game 24×7 like before as there will be a time limit on gameplay hours.

Last year, the developers of the game Krafton had informed that they were working to bring back the game in India. During the National Assembly Foreign Affairs and Unification Committee audit at the Korean Embassy in New Delhi in December last year, South Korean Ambassador to India Mr. Chang Jae-Bok had stated that cybersecurity and violence were two of the reasons for the ban.

The game was previously banned under Section 69A of the IT Act, 2000 for national security concerns. According to reports, the data was being transferred to Chinese servers.