NEW SELECTIONS: Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., on Thursday disabled access to a well-known battle-royale-format game created by a South Korean company, Krafton, citing a directive from the Indian government.
After falling more than 9% on Friday due to the announcement, Krafton shares swiftly recovered and fell only 5.7 percent.The American tech giant claimed in a statement that it was compelled to delete the app from its Play Store because India had ordered the blocking of the Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) game.
According to the game’s website, India is home to more than 100 million of its users. The restriction follows India’s 2020 ban on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, another Krafton game (PUBG).Also inaccessible on Thursday night in India was BGMI on Apple Inc.’s App Store.
It was not immediately obvious why the block was in place.A Krafton spokeswoman in Seoul stated that the developer was in contact with the appropriate agencies and businesses to determine the precise circumstances surrounding the suspension in the two major app stores in India.