A big decision was taken by the Government of India, which on Monday (6/29/2020) yesterday blocked 59 applications from China, including Mobile Legends and Clash of KingsThe decision to block the 59 applications was announced by the Indian Ministry of Information Technology in the aftermath of the heightened tension between the Chinese and Indian military on the Ladakh border, as well as the suspicion of espionage from the Chinese applications.
Bang Bang itself is a mobile game that is very popular in India
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang itself is a very popular mobile game in India, not much different from in Indonesia. On Google Play itself, Mobile Legends has been downloaded more than 100 million times and received a 4.2 rating with more than 20 million reviews.
The beginning of Mobile Legends and the controversy that followed
The development of Mobile Legends began with the successful launch of Magic Rush: Heroes, a mobile game developed and published by Moonton – a developer and publisher of video games from China. The game was released in 2016 and gained massive popularity in Southeast Asia.
However, the release of Magic Rush: Heroes was also colored by controversy after the emergence of a lawsuit from Riot Games and its parent company, Tencent, because it was considered plagiarized League of Legends (LOL).
Riot has contacted Google to remove Magic Rush: Heroes from PlayStore
Previously, Riot had contacted Google to remove Magic Rush: Heroes from PlayStore. However, Moonton himself pulled Magic Rush: Heroes from the Play Store. Interestingly, they then relaunched the game with a new name: Mobile Legends: Bang Bang.
In addition to Mobile Legends and Clash of Kings, many popular applications are blocked by the Government of India, such as TikTok, ShareIt, UCBrowser, and many more.