Krafton Inc has announced that it will soon launch a new game called Battlegrounds Mobile India. The company states that the game “will release with exclusive in-game events like outfits and features and will have its own esports ecosystem with tournaments and leagues.” The company is yet to announce a launch date for the same. Also Read - PUBG New State: India release date, minimum requirements, major features, more
Battlegrounds Mobile India is a rebadged version of PUBG Mobile India, which the company was teasing to launch in the country after the ban on PUBG Mobile. However, the Indian version of the game now seems to be dropped, with the company shutting down the pubgmobile.in domain and renaming the PUBG Mobile India YouTube channel while at the same time removing all older videos. Also Read - PUBG New State releasing globally including India post Diwali? Check launch date
Plans for the launch
The company claims that the upcoming Battlegrounds Mobile India game will have a pre-registration period ahead of the official launch. The game will be exclusive to India, where it will also build an esports ecosystem and it will keep introducing new in-game content and events regularly. Soon after the launch, the company will be kicking off an India specific event, details of which will be announced at a later point.
PUBG Mobile India rebadged as Battlegrounds Mobile India
Krafton Inc in a press released stated, “With privacy and data security being a top priority, KRAFTON will be working with partners, to ensure data protection and security, at each stage. This will ensure privacy rights are respected, and all data collection and storage will be in full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations in India and for players here.”
The company has set up a new website for the game, where it has put up a GIF of its new logo below which it has the news of its announcement. The social media handles currently only consist of a link to its official YouTube page.
In other news, the company has deleted all social media posts on Instagram and Facebook, including the official release teaser of the PUBG Mobile India.
What is the industry saying?
“We are thrilled & excited, as the countdown for the launch of Battlegrounds mobile India has officially begun. We believe this time, it is not just a game it’s an opportunity for the whole gaming community to grow and increase their brand value in the industry. The game will be a huge step towards the successful future of esports in India. We believe the content creators community will get a major boost once the game will be launched and it will fuel our ambition of creating a unique ecosystem for the gaming content creators to make a serious career out of their passion,” said Shivam Rao, Co-Founder & COO, Trinity Gaming.
“It’s good to see that Krafton has considered the Indian requirements and has modified the game and this will surely fuel the Indian esports ecosystem. Krafton has been already taking positive initiatives in the Indian market in the last few months which is very heartening to see and also highlights the capability of the esports ecosystem in India. However, hope Krafton has plugged all the necessary approvals to bring back this popular game. We request other game developers as well to follow a similar model and customise India specific games thereby create more value for the Indian esports community and encourage the local gamers & esports athletes to take this sport as a viable career option. As a federation, we have always supported and encouraged any initiative which has India at the core with the possibility to become a powerhouse in esports. We also urge and hope that Indian gaming developers will also follow suit and come up with more esports titles that will fuel and strengthen the esports ecosystem in India,” said Lokesh Suji, Director, Esports Federation of India & Vice President of the Asian Esports Federation (AESF).