There is a real problem in data security… I have filled this RTI .. Please check 👇 pic.twitter.com/O7oBuGnopF
— GodYamarajOP (@godyamarajop) September 26, 2022
Twitter user God Yamaraj is patient Shared screenshots of their RTI query. An RTI response revealed that Meity banned BGMI following requests from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The response is, “Based on the requests received by the nodal officers appointed from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity) has blocked the gaming application Battleground Mobile India (BGMI) under the provision of Information Section 69A. Technology (IT) Act, 2000 and Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Public Access to Inf. Union) Rules, 2009.”
The RTI response also confirms that Meity held a meeting with Crofton representatives. However, as Rule 16 of the IT Rules, 2009 maintains strict confidentiality, the government body did not disclose the matters discussed in the meeting. The response further states, “Section 694 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 deals with the matter. India’s sovereignty and integrity are characterized and protected by Section 8(1)(a) of the RTI Act 2005. Due to this, the information requested in RTI cannot be made public.”
Although the game is not available on Google Play Store and App Store, you can play it on your iPhone if you had it installed on your device before the ban. Meanwhile, on Android devices, the game will ask you to update to the latest version, which you won’t be able to do as BGMI has been removed from the Play Store. However, you can sideload the latest version of BGMI APK to continue playing the game. It is unclear how Crofton will relaunch BGMI in India.