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Indian police arrest 10 students for playing PUBG mobile

Published: 16/Mar/2019 21:06 Updated: 16/Mar/2019 22:05

by Daniel Cleary

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Police in India have arrested 10 students for playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on mobile devices after the game was banned in the region.

Despite the popularity of other games in the battle royale genre such as Fortnite and Apex Legends, PUBG has managed to hold its own and since their mobile release back in February 2018.

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Gujarat, a western state in India, has banned the game from being played over concerns that it was too violent and addicting to young players after calls for the game to be banned surfaced earlier in the year by a student association.

PUBGPlayerUnknown Battlegrounds has exploded in popularity in India.

Police inspector Rohit Raval was speaking with the Indian Express when he told them that only a week after the Rajkot police had issued a notification banning PUBG, 10 people were arrested and are facing trial for not following the notification issued.

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He then went on to explain how the events unfolded when discovering the students were playing PUBG: “Our team caught these youths red-handed. They were taken into custody after they were found playing the PUBG game.”

PUBG has been deemed as highly addictive by Rohit as he explains that the students didn’t even realize they were being approached by police.

“This game is highly addictive and the accused were so engrossed in playing them that they could not even notice our team approaching them.”

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Following the above incidents, PUBG issued a statement on March 15 to addressing the recent banning of their game in certain regions of India.

They stressed that PUBG is meant to be enjoyed healthily and responsibly, while expressing a willingness to do what they can to have the prohibition lifted.

Official Statement from PUBG Mobile.

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“PUBG MOBILE is a game. It is meant merely for entertainment and should be enjoyed in a healthy and responsible manner. In consonance with our endeavor 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. We were thus surprised to learn that local authorities in a few cities have decided to impose a ban on playing our game. We are working to understand the legal basis of such bans, and hope we can have a constructive dialogue with relevant authorities to explain our objectives and that they withdraw the prohibition. 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.”

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PUBG Mobile banned in India alongside 100+ China-linked apps

Published: 2/Sep/2020 13:35 Updated: 2/Sep/2020 13:43

by Calum Patterson

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The Indian government has banned PUBG Mobile, one of the most popular mobile games in the country, along with over 100 more apps with links to Chinese publishers.

PUBG Mobile has a touchy history in India specifically. Countless news reports of teens becoming incredibly addicted to the game have filled Indian media for over two year. The game has been blamed for bad exam results, and in some extreme stories, death.

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The controversy around PUBG Mobile in India has prompted calls for the government to ban it in the past, by a student association worried about its effect on education.

On September 2, India’s Interior Ministry banned the game, along with 118 other apps, citing concerns around cybersecurity, as tensions with China rise.

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PUBG Mobile was one of the most popular games on iOS and Android in India.

They said the apps were “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, Defence of India, Security of State and Public Order.”

The move follows India’s previous bans of other Chinese social media apps, including TikTok.

In a statement, the Indian government said: “The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside of India. There has been a strong chorus in the public space to take strict action against apps that harm India’s sovereignty as well as the privacy of our citizens.”

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Other banned apps, via TechCrunch, include Baidu, WeChat Work, Tencent Weiyun, Rise of Kingdoms, APUS Launcher, Tencent Weiyun, VPN for TikTok, Mobile Taobao, Youko, Sina News and CamCard.

PUBG Mobile is notable though, because of how wildly popular it was in the country. In March 2019, police actually arrested ten students who were playing the game because the game had been banned in that specific region.

“Our team caught these youths red-handed. They were taken into custody after they were found playing the PUBG game,” said Police inspector Rohit Raval at the time.

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