PUBG banned in Ahmedabad, no more chicken dinner

It's not the first time we've heard about police taking action over PUBG, as Chinese authorities arrested many cheat makers starting past year - but this is the first we've heard about arrests over just playing the game.

PUBG Mobile is a battle royale genre of mobile game that has amassed more than 12 million installed on the Google Play store and the iOS App Store.

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.

Three of the men were arrested on Wednesday, "Our team caught these youths red-handed". 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.

Rajkot taluka police inspector V S Vanzara said, .

After that report, another six people were arrested today - a group "undergraduate students and their young friends who are doing private jobs". What's more is, the Rajkot police have seized the mobile phones of the players for "purpose of investigation" going as far as to state that players were so engrossed in PUBG Mobile that they did not see the police approach them.

Just hours ago, Ahmedabad Police issued an advisory for the people to get rid of PUBG Mobile.

All the 10 were booked under Indian Penal Code Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and later granted bail at the police stations concerned, the police said. It is meant merely for entertainment and should be enjoyed in a healthy and responsible manner. But the game has attracted a lot of flak for being the reason behind gaming addiction, mental health imbalance, divorces and even suicides. "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".

"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.

Vanessa Coleman

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