Indian police detain 10 teens for playing 'violent' PUBG

PUBG’s been banned in India, and at least 16 players have been arrested

PUBG’s been banned in India, and at least 16 players have been arrested

Ahmedabad police commissioner AK Singh issued a notification on Wednesday placing an immediate ban on PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG). Conviction under Section 188 carries either a maximum prison sentence of one month, a 200 rupee fine (roughly $3), or both.

The western state's police commissioner, Manoj Agrawal, banned the game on March 6th, blaming it for an increase in "violent traits" among the region's children who were playing PUBG. Those arrested will have to stand trial at a later date. The students were released on bail on the same day.

Despite this, the Gujarat ban only covers PUBG, and does not extend to Fortnite.

In January, the state government had banned the online multi-player game in schools. It is meant merely for entertainment and should be enjoyed in a healthy and responsible manner. We were thus surprised to learn that local authorities in a few cities have made a decision to impose a ban on playing our game.

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The controversial ban did meet with a few concerns, such as the prospect of this ban being carried out in other states of India potentially putting off users from mobile gaming entirely. While they were released on bail, the police had registered an offence against them, reported TOI.

In addition to that, PUBG Mobile reaffirmed its stand on the game's core goal to entertain its players and advised players that it should be enjoyed in a responsible manner. "In consonance with our endeavour to continue promoting responsible gaming experience, we are working on the introduction of a healthy gameplay system in India to promote balanced, responsible gaming, including limiting play time for under-aged players", PUBG Mobile added.

The Rajkot police's notification banning PUBG Mobile had also included the 'Momo Challenge'. "The game affects their studies, and also on their behaviour, and development", the notification read explaining the reasons for the ban on the two games.

"As parents, we must guide our children to get the most from technology".

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