Indian police detain 10 teens for playing 'violent' PUBG

Cheryl Sanders
March 15, 2019

Police in Gujarat have not banned Fortnite, a popular rival to PUBG developed by US-based Epic Games.

Several cities in India have banned PUBG Mobile, and that ban has led to an increasing number of arrests. As Eurogamer reports, a growing number of Indian cities have banned the game over concerns about addiction and promotion of violence, and the ban also applies to the Momo challenge.

Six of the ten arrested were under-graduate students according ot reports following the official ban that took place on March 6th. We were thus surprised to learn that local authorities in a few cities have chose to impose a ban on playing our game. Their heinous crime? The students were "caught red-handed" playing PUBG Mobile in public. PUBG Mobile remains legal in other Indian states, however. Three more arrests were made from nearby Police Headquarters and the police even seized their phones "for the goal of investigation".

Following this 12 cases were registered against people playing the game despite the ban and there were at least 10 people arrested for violating the ban. Aravalli district administration has also issued a ban on both PUBG and the controversial MOMO Challenge. "The police notification will help curb this craze which, in many cases, is the result of peer pressure". "To PUBG MOBILE players, we want to assure you that we are on your side and we will try our best to find a reasonable solution". What's more is, the Rajkot police have seized the mobile phones of the players for "purpose of investigation" going as far as to state that players were so engrossed in PUBG Mobile that they did not see the police approach them.

PUBG Mobile's ban is allegedly due to the protection of children.

The company said it has been working on the introduction of a healthy gameplay system in India to promote balanced as well as responsible gaming, including limiting play time for under-aged players.

Gujarat is the only Indian state to ban the game - which has been downloaded more than 100 million times around the world.

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