Rajkot Police has banned the online multiplayer game PUBG Mobile citing it to be “addictive” and harmful for youngsters last week. Yesterday, close to 16 people were arrested for playing the game.
All the arrests were college students between the age of 18 and 22. The students were released on bail as well.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is banned in several cities in India. Cities mostly in the western state of Gujarat Surat, Rajkot, and Vadodara, Bhavnagar Gir Somnath and Aravalli districts banned the popular multiplayer game.
Keeping in mind final exams of kids in the month of March, the Ahmedabad police commissioner AK Singh issued a notification to enforce the ban from 14th March till the midnight of 28th March.
PUBG released a statement saying, “we also believe that it is extremely important for us to be a responsible member of the gaming ecosystem. To this end, we constantly work and shall continue to work with … parents, educators, and government bodies, and listen to their feedback on what we can do.”
Meanwhile, rivals battle royale and third-person shooter Fortnite has not faced legal restrictions as yet. That’s mostly because Fortnite downloading isn’t straightforward. Users would have to go to the creators website Epic Games and download it manually, whereas PUBG is easily available in any choice of OS.