Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) claims to have over 100 million registered users in India. The free-to-play battle royale game, developed by South Korean company Krafton, was released to the public last July. Since then, the game has been constantly updated with new features. The popular PUBG Mobile, banned in the country since 2020, is resurrected in the form of Battlegrounds Mobile India. Initially, BGMI will also allow players to inherit their progress and stats from PUBG Mobile. Krafton plans to host a new tournament for BGMI this year.
Krafton said on Friday that it has more than 100 million registered users in the country since its launch in July 2021. We introduced major tournaments, India-themed collaborations, and celebrating India-centric events with the community with the aim of curating a unique gameplay for our Indian users,” Krafton CEO Changhan Kim said in a prepared statement Say.
The company plans to organize four professional and semi-professional BGMI tournaments for gamers in 2022, such as BMOC, BMPS Season 1, BGIS Season 2 and BMPS Season 2. Cumulatively, these campaigns will offer cash rewards of Rs. 60 million. The developer said it has invested more than $10 million (roughly Rs. 790 crore) in India to improve the local gaming, e-sports, and entertainment and IT industries.
India banned PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite in the country in September 2020. Krafton then released a special edition BGMI for Indian mobile gamers in July last year. Since its release, the game has allowed its users to transfer their data from PUBG Mobile to the new game via Facebook and Twitter. Since then, the game has been constantly updated with new features. Most recently, the May 2022 Update added features including the official Livik map, Inner Circle mode, and the game’s Classic mode. It also includes a one-year anniversary lobby, some in-game item and player skin sales.