PUBG Mobile Arrests: Tencent India Trying to Find a 'Reasonable Solution'

Blanche Robertson
March 15, 2019

In its statement PUBG Mobile said that the game is "meant merely for entertainment and should be enjoyed in a healthy and responsible manner". "The police notification will help curb this craze which, in many cases, is the result of peer pressure". The order was issued on March 6 in a notification. Conviction under Section 188 carries either a maximum prison sentence of one month, a 200 rupee fine (roughly $3), or both. Those arrested will have to stand trial at a later date. Three more arrests were made from nearby Police Headquarters and the police even seized their phones "for the objective of investigation".

Gujarat is the only state in India to have banned PUBG, which a local minister described as "a demon in every house".

On January 23, Gujarat become the only state to ban the game.

Last week, Surat, Rajkot, and Vadodara placed a ban on the mobile version of PUBG Corporation's popular battle royale game.

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.

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A day later, three more men were arrested by the Rajkot Special Operations Group who were caught playing the game near the police headquarter.

The recent ban on PUBG is odd, considering the telecommunication industry is busy in providing cheap data plans to the Indian youth. "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". After arrestees have been booked, "they will be shown as immediately bailed out by police".

"It has been learnt through different mediums that there is a rise in violent tendencies among children and youth because of PUBG game / MOMO challenge".

"Due to these games, the education of children and youth are being affected and it affects the behavior, manners, speech and development of the youth and children", read the police report.

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

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