PUBG Mobile sends out statement after ban on game leading to arrests

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Indian media outlets have reported at least 16 arrests so far, though it seems many of those arrests are being treated fairly lightly by authorities, as those arrested have generally been bailed out directly by police.

Despite this, the Gujarat ban only covers PUBG, and does not extend to Fortnite.

Three others who were arrested by the Rajkot Special Operations Group (SGO) for playing PUBG in public include two men, while one of them is working for a private firm in the city, the other is a labourer.

"On Tuesday, our teams arrested six college students playing PUBG game on their mobile phones on Kalavad Road and in Jagannath Chowk area", he said. Rajkot police issued a ban on the game through March 30 due to their belief that PUBG Mobile causes violence and poor academic performance in youth.

The ban was announced last week by local authorities to combat what they called the spread of "violent traits" in kids playing the game.

Anyone caught or reported playing PUBG Mobile could face a prison sentence of up to a month alongside a fine. The game is also having an impact on studies as well as behaviour, conduct and language of children and youth...

According to the Indian Express, 10 university students were arrested for playing PUBG Mobile a week after a ban was instituted in the state of Gujarat. "People have been booked but there is nothing like an arrest in it", Agarwal said. "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", said the statement.

Another police official, Rohit Raval, told the Indian Express newspaper the game was "highly addictive and the accused were so engrossed in playing" they did not even see police approaching. It is meant merely for entertainment and should be enjoyed in a healthy and responsible manner.

Bluehole's statement to Eurogamer concluded with, "we are honored to have a passionate community of PUBG Mobile players in India and globally and continue to welcome their feedback to make PUBG Mobile the best game ever".

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

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