The ban on well known fight royale game Battlegrounds Cellular India (BGMI), which is the Indian model of PUBG, has resulted in a best e-sports event getting postponed amid studies declaring a “China link” at the rear of the ban.
Esports Leading League (ESPL) Time 2, to be played on BGMI system from August 1-5, has been postponed owing to the ban.
The esports event was established to see players from across the nation with a prize pool of Rs 1 crore.
“As we realize, the entities concerned will consider/pursue the issue in accordance with the instructions issued by the govt of India,” ESPL said in a statement.
“We are, consequently, constrained to set the ESPL Season 2, on hold, in gentle of the government’s directions and the prevailing situation,” the company reported.
In the meantime, Rooter, a primary sport streaming and e-sporting activities platform, also hosted a BGMI invitational esports event with a prize pool of Rs 15 lakh.
The party was to be held from July 25-August 3 and these who downloaded the BGMI sport ahead of the ban could even now engage in it.
Thirty-two Indian groups, including 24 invited teams and eight underdog teams have been to encounter off in the 10-working day tournament.
In the meantime, stories surfaced that inputs from the Ministry of Residence Affairs (MHA) to the IT Ministry (MeitY) above a “China link” in which the BGMI was allegedly “speaking to servers in China” induced the ban on the app.
Late final month, the Indian federal government requested Google and Apple to block the BGMI gaming app from their respective online outlets underneath Part 69A of the Data Technological innovation Act, 2000.
The video game developer Krafton claimed very last month that BGMI experienced surpassed 100 million registered customers in India.