Indian police detain 10 teens for playing 'violent' PUBG

Clay Curtis
March 15, 2019

The students were released on bail on the same day. Police stations were asked to implement the ban and arrest those who were still playing these games, Rajkot taluka police inspector V S Vanzara said, reported PTI. The main objective of the game is to eliminate all the other players, using various weapons ranging from Pistols to Snipers and be the last squad or player standing. Rajkot police issued a ban on the game through March 30 due to their belief that PUBG Mobile causes violence and poor academic performance in youth.

The Indian state of Gujarat recently banned children from playing PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, after local authorities decided the shooter was to blame for an upswing in "violent traits" among local kids.

The recent ban on PUBG is unusual, considering the telecommunication industry is busy in providing cheap data plans to the Indian youth. The game is also having an impact on studies as well as behaviour, conduct and language of children and youth...

The complete statement reads, "PUBG MOBILE is a game". After arrestees have been booked, "they will be shown as immediately bailed out by police".

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According to the Indian Express, 10 university students were arrested for playing PUBG Mobile a week after a ban was instituted in the state of Gujarat. And now, just days after the ban was first imposed, 10 people have been arrested in the city for violating the ban and playing the mobile in public areas. It is meant merely for entertainment and should be enjoyed in a healthy and responsible manner. The reason the game has been banned is because it is seen as highly addictive.

On March 15, PUBG Mobile has issued a statement to the media addressing the reports of the game being banned in some parts of India. "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.

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

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