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Popular game from Krafton Inc. banned in India

Popular game from Krafton Inc. banned in India

A Google spokesperson said it blocked the game following a government directive

India blocked a popular game from Krafton Inc., a South Korean company backed by China's Tencent, using a law it has implemented since 2020 to ban Chinese apps citing national security concerns, a source said. Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) was removed from Alphabet Inc’s Google Play Store and Apple Inc’s App Store. The PUBG crackdown was also part of New Delhi's ban of more than 100 mobile apps of Chinese origin due to a months-long border standoff between the two countries. The ban has expanded to cover more than 300 apps, including the popular gaming app owned by Singapore's technology group Sea Ltd, 'Free Fire.' Tencent holds a 13.5% stake in Krafton.

Krafton shares slumped more than 9% on the news on Friday, later paring losses to trade down 4.5% as of afternoon trade in Seoul. The company said in May India accounted for a high single-digit percentage of its revenue in the first quarter of this year .A Google spokesperson said it blocked the game following a government directive, while India's IT ministry and Apple did not respond to requests for comment. In Seoul, a Krafton spokesperson said the developer was talking to relevant authorities and companies to figure out the exact situation regarding the suspension in the two major app stores in India.

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