It's not the first time we've heard about police taking action over PUBG, as Chinese authorities arrested many cheat makers starting previous year - but this is the first we've heard about arrests over just playing the game.
PUBG Mobile released a statement earlier today which states that the game is meant for entertainment purposes only and is supposed to be played responsibly. Close on the heels of Rajkot and some other cities in the state banning the game that has become a rage among youngsters, the Ahmedabad city police also imposed a ban on it. "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.
The recent ban on PUBG is odd, considering the telecommunication industry is busy in providing cheap data plans to the Indian youth.
A day later, three more men were arrested by the Rajkot Special Operations Group who were caught playing the game near the police headquarter. "People have been booked but there is nothing like an arrest in it", Agarwal said. While the notification issued by the police is in Gujarati, using translator we were able to make out a couple of things.
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"Explore ways in which you encourage your children towards accepting and understanding technology", he said, addressing a parent's concern regarding PUBG Mobile addiction, "But remember, technology should be used to expand our horizons, not to let it shrink us in our life".
The company also reassured its players that they are on their side and will try their best to find a reasonable solution.
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. 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.
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