PUBG Mobile ban: Makers surprised, say trying to understand legal basis of arrests

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Updated: March 18, 2019 1:50:12 PM

The company has stated that the game is meant for entertainment purpose only and should be enjoyed in a healthy and responsible manner.

Rajkot Police on March 6 had issued a notification banning the online games PlayerUnknown?s Battlegrounds (PUBG) and ?Momo Challenge? in the city.

PUBG gamers arrested: After 10 people were arrested in Rajkot for playing the multiplayer battle royale game PUBG, the makers expressed surprise at the move by local authorities in Gujarat. PUBG Mobile reassures its players that they are on their side and are trying to understand the legal basis of the ban to find a reasonable solution.

According to a report by The Indian Express, the company has stated that the game is meant for entertainment purpose only and should be enjoyed in a healthy and responsible manner.

The company in a statement said that it is surprised that the local authorities have banned people from playing the game. It added that the company is trying to understand the legal basis of such bans, adding that hopefully a constructive dialogue with relevant authorities to explain the objectives and urge them to withdraw the prohibition.

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Moreover, the company added that it is 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-age players.

Meanwhile, the Rajkot city police, between March 12 and 13, had arrested 10 persons, including six college students, for playing the game.

Rajkot Police on March 6 had issued a notification banning the online games PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) and ‘Momo Challenge’ in the city.

Police stations were asked to implement the ban and arrest those who were still playing these games.

As per the police commissioner’s notification, the ban was necessary as these games were leading to violent behaviour among children and youth.

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The notification said that the games were adversely affecting the studies and the overall behaviour, conduct and language of children.

Ahmedabad police has also issued a notification imposing a ban citing similar reasons.

Meanwhile, two persons engrossed in playing PUBG were knocked down by a train in Maharashtra. The incident happened at Khatkali Bypass in Hingoli, over 570 kilometres on Saturday evening.

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