10 arrested in India for playing 'PUBG' mobile game

PUBG Mobile is a first person shooter game and does not have a limitation on its play time which is a major concern especially for under-aged players such as school and college students

They were taken into custody after they were found playing the PUBG game. "The case will go to the courts and there will be a trial for not following the notification issued", Agrawal had told The Indian Express. Conviction under Section 188 carries either a maximum prison sentence of one month, a 200 rupee fine (roughly $3), or both.

In January, the state government had banned the online multi-player game in schools.

The Indian state of Gujarat recently banned children from playing PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, after local authorities decided the shooter was to blame for an upswing in "violent traits" among local kids.

"Our team caught these youths red-handed".

The recent ban on PUBG is unusual, considering the telecommunication industry is busy in providing cheap data plans to the Indian youth.

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Rohit Raval, Rajkot Special Operations Group police inspector, said their phones had been seized as part of the investigation. The 10 arrests that were made this week is in line with the official order by the police, but 6 of them have already been granted bail.

In addition to that, PUBG Mobile reaffirmed its stand on the game's core objective to entertain its players and advised players that it should be enjoyed in a responsible manner.

The company also reassured its players that they are on their side and will try their best to find a reasonable solution. "In consonance with our endeavour 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", PUBG Mobile added.

"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. The police have also released instructions to get rid of the game which asks parents to monitor the use of smartphones by their children and even asks students to avoid discussing PUBG with their friends.

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