What We Know So Far

With Battlegrounds Mobile India out on Android via Google Play, iOS users are left in the dark as to when Krafton’s version of PUBG for the country will be available on the App Store. Previously, noted insider (and now rumoured to be Godlike Esports’ Battlegrounds Mobile India coach and content creator) Abhijeet Andhare aka Ghatak claimed that the iOS version of Battlegrounds Mobile India was slated to be out the same time it hit Android. However this is not the case.

According to Krafton however, a release date is in the works.

“We will keep our fans informed on further developments,” reads a post on the company’s site. “New updates will be released on our official website and social networks, so please stay tuned for further news.”

Sources familiar with the company’s plans tell IGN India that an iOS version is crucial. Reason being: while a bulk of Battlegrounds Mobile India’s userbase is expected on Android, the iOS version tends to bring in paying players.

Sources tell us that Apple is hesitant to allow Krafton to launch the game on the App Store and Google Play respectively due to the controversial nature of the app. IGN India has repeatedly reported that government intervention, if any would be directed at intermediaries which in this case would be Apple and Google.

IGN India reached out to Apple for comment when the game was announced regarding its approval and are yet to get a response.

Amusingly, in the recent Apple versus Epic lawsuit, the company claimed that India’s largest mobile game app store isn’t what you’d think. Google Play, Samsung’s Galaxy Store or even Xiaomi’s own storefront isn’t the biggest. Rather it’s third-party store, 9Game.com — which is notorious for hosting malicious apps. In 2019 it was labelled as being the most dangerous app store on the Internet with 61,669 malicious apps uploaded in that year according to security firm RiskIQ.

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