PUBG Mobile Arrests: Tencent India Trying to Find a ‘Reasonable Solution’

Days after the Rajkot police had arrested 10 folks for taking part in PUBG Mobile, Tencent India has lastly commented with its plans to have interaction with the authorities to carry the PUBG ban in states like Gujarat. The firm claims its on the facet of its burgeoning participant base. Odd when you think about its silence relating to occasions main up the arrests which included requires it being banned in Jammu and Kashmir, the suicide of a Mumbai-based youth that was denied a smartphone to play the sport, and the Gujarat directive that led to those arrests within the first place. Here’s the assertion in its entirety:

“PUBG Mobile is a recreation. It is supposed merely for leisure and ought to be loved in a wholesome and accountable method. In consonance with our endeavor to proceed selling accountable gaming expertise, we’re engaged on the introduction of a wholesome gameplay system in India to advertise balanced, accountable gaming, together with limiting play time for under-aged gamers. We had been thus stunned to study that native authorities in a number of cities have determined to impose a ban on taking part in our recreation.

We are working to know the authorized foundation of such bans, and hope we will have a constructive dialogue with related authorities to clarify our aims and that they withdraw the prohibition. To PUBG Mobile gamers, we wish to guarantee you that we’re in your facet and we are going to attempt our greatest to discover a cheap resolution.”

These are the primary PUBG Mobile-related arrests in Gujarat following the state authorities’s directive that was issued in January of this 12 months that noticed a number of districts ban the sport. What’s extra is, the Rajkot police have seized the cellphones of the gamers for “purpose of investigation” going so far as to state that gamers had been so engrossed in PUBG Mobile that they didn’t see the police strategy them.


“As part of a special drive, police sub-inspector ND Damor arrested the six youths who were playing the game at tea stalls and fast-food joints outside a college on Kalavad road on Tuesday,” stated Rajkot taluka police inspector VS Vanzara to Indian Express.

“Police checked their mobile to see if the PUBG game was running and also checked the history in their handset. We have filed six different cases against them,” Vanzara stated that the six had been granted bail.

On March 6, a notification was issued stating that PUBG Mobile and the MOMO Challenge had been banned, the report added.

“It has come to our notice from various media that PUBG game, MOMO challenge is leading to a violent attitude among youth. The game is also having an impact on studies as well as behaviour, conduct and language of children and youth… Keeping in mind public safety security and to maintain law and order, I hereby impose a ban on playing PUBG game/MOMO challenge,” reads the notification, which was issued on instructions from the Gujarat state authorities following a PUBG ban in Gujarat main faculties in February.

This looks like a heavy-handed strategy when a number of research have confirmed that there isn’t any hyperlink between video video games and aggression. More so when you think about Prime Minister Modi’s feedback surrounding the sport in January throughout an interplay with college students and academics which suggest a softer stance reasonably than outright arrests. 

“Explore ways in which you encourage your children towards accepting and understanding technology,” he stated, addressing a mother or father’s concern relating to PUBG Mobile dependancy, “But remember, technology should be used to expand our horizons, not to let it shrink us in our life. It should not be allowed to narrow us down, as that would be very harmful for us.”

“Like everything else, technology too comes with its positives and negatives. As parents, we must guide our children to get the most from technology. Encourage their inquisitiveness on learning about various apps… like how to build something, or cook something,” he added.

PM Modi stated he believed if mother and father reached out to their youngsters with these efforts, they might transfer from “PlayStation to the playground”.

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