Adding plugins zip file inside wordpress theme folder

#1

Can we add bundle plugin zip files inside wordpress theme folder or not?

#2

Bump!

#3

Yes, this is allowed and should not be a problem. From Envato guidelines (which aren’t the newest but it helps):

Bundled plugins must be included via the TGM Plugin Activation class or a similar solution to manage plugin dependency. Plugins can be installed from WordPress.org, private repos or a bundled ZIP file.

You can read more here: https://help.market.envato.com/hc/en-us/articles/202822450-WordPress-Theme-Submission-Requirements