Buoyed by the return of its video game Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) to India on a three-month trial by the government, South Korean video game developer Crafton on Thursday announced its eSports YouTube channel and Instagram page for the country. The channel, named Crafton India Esports, aims to promote the growth of the eSports ecosystem in the country, the company said in a statement.
Crafton Inc. India CEO Sean Hyunil Sohn said, “With our dedicated eSports channel and upcoming tournaments, we look forward to bringing engaging experiences and growing with our gaming community in the country.”
The company is hosting a series of ‘Road to Valor: Empires’ matches on May 26. Players can participate in exciting matches against the developers of the Crafton team, where the winning player gets a chance to win 1000 gems as a reward. The company said it will hold developer vs player matches every Friday for its flagship titles, enabling gamers to challenge game creators and showcase their skills.
BGMI makes a comeback but temporarily
Last week, Crafton announced that it is bringing back Battlegrounds Mobile India, popularly known as BGMI, after a gap of a year. “We are extremely grateful to the Indian authorities for allowing us to resume operations for Battlegrounds Mobile India,” Sohan said in a statement.
A few days later, BGMI showed up again on the Google Play Store, raising the apprehensions of gamers. But the game is still not playable. Because of this the servers are down. According to the message displayed on the welcome screen of the game, the servers are not yet live in India.
“Currently, the closed test track for BGMI has been updated. Those who have opted into the public test for the game prior to launch can expect to receive a message that directs them to the Play Store,” Crafton said in a statement. Will take you to download the game.” However, the link won’t work, and the game can’t be downloaded because the servers have been shut down. We also understand that some other users who didn’t opt-out of trial are getting this message as well. This is a technical error, and we are working to fix it.”
However, the return of BGMI is subject to certain conditions. The government said it would closely monitor the game for three months before giving it a final nod. Minister of State for Electronics and IT, Rajeev Chandrasekhar has clarified that the final decision on allowing Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) to return to the country will be taken only after three months of rigorous testing of the game. The minister said the government would keep a close eye on other issues of “user harm, addiction etc” in the next three months before taking a final decision.
– Written with inputs from IANS
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