TikTok has long been banned in India, but if the sources are to be believed, the short video app will return to India. A few months ago, TikTok-owned company Byetdance was in talks with a Mumbai-based company to reinstate TikTok in India. Now CEO of a leading esports and gaming company in India, Skyesports has confirmed that the short video app is indeed coming back to India. As a reminder, TikTok, which had one of its largest user bases in India, was banned by the Indian government in 2020. Along with TikTok, 58 other apps were also banned for national security reasons.
Skyesports CEO Shiva Nandy has said that TikTok will return to India soon. “According to sources, Tik Tok is ready to make a comeback. In this case, BGMI will be back to 100%. Let’s hope that if all goes well, there will soon be independence! said Shiva Nandy, in a statement on her Instagram stories. On banning BGMI, Nandy said it was not decided at once, the government had been considering the ban for almost 5 months.
“It wasn’t an immediate action. It had been in the process for almost five months. In fact, a week before the game was pulled from the Play Store, an interim notice was sent to Krafton headquarters by the government. Two days before the game was pulled from the store, we got a clue, and that’s why most of the advance amount has to be paid for Skyesports League, LAN Delhi,” Nandy said about the ban of BGMI. He also said that BGMI will also be back soon. He said that this is not a ban but a temporary order.
So far, neither Krafton nor the Indian government has confirmed the news of BGMI’s return to India.
Earlier in June, an ET report said Bytedance was in talks with the Hiranandani Group to reinstate the video-sharing platform in India.
The Hirandandani Group is one of India’s largest property developers with projects in Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai. The real estate giant also manages data center operations under Yotta Infrastructure Solutions and recently launched a technology-focused consumer services arm, Tez Platforms. According to reports from ET, talks between the two companies are currently at an “exploratory stage”. Sources close to the publication also said government officials have been briefed on the plans. “There have been no formal discussions with us yet. But we have been informed of the plans. As they come to us for approval, we will review their application,” a government official told ET.
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