Reports: Indian Govt to lift BGMI ban with limited play time

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The popular battle royale game Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) is likely to temporarily return to the Google Play Store and App Store soon, according to new reports.

Sources from the government have revealed that the decision to unban the game for three months has been floating around recently. The sources have told News18 that in a meeting, it was suggested to lift the restriction temporarily with specific alterations to the game’s original design.

These changes include the removal of blood splashes during gunfights. They already had this option, but if it gets unbanned, the new settings will be the default, and the blood color will be green.

Other necessary changes to the game are also ordered by the government to curb news about suicide, murder and addiction among kids playing the game.

Players will also not be able to play the game 24×7 as they did earlier as there will be restrictions on playtime, and there will also be changes in the game server, which was one of the main reasons why the game was banned in the country.

While the changes seem a lot, the developers of the game and company did reveal previously that they are working with the government to bring back the game, which makes these reports all the more believable.

BGMI was banned under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act 2000 in 2022. The game was banned for similar reasons as PUBG mobile, the biggest being national security concerns and youth committing acts of violence.

While the game’s return is excellent news for gamers, there is no information on how many hours plays can log into the game daily. A similar method is also being used by the government in China, but instead of only PUBG mobile, the time limit is one hour on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays for players under the age of 18 for any game.