The government of India blocked access to Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI), a popular battle format game.

According to some sources govt. was concerned about its data sharing and mining in China

The block comes nearly two years after PUBG Mobile was banned in the country.  

Section 69A of India's IT Act allows the government to block public access to content in the interest of national security.

Orders issued under the section are generally confidential in nature. 

The Indian government has not publicly announced the blocking. 

But the app was removed from Google Play store and  App Store as of Thursday evening in India.

The ban elicited strong online reactions from popular gamers in India on Twitter and YouTube.

A Google spokesperson has confirmed that the BGMI removal was a result of a government order.

The BGMI was developed by South Korean company Krafton, which is backed by China's Tencent.