Some gamers in several cities in India have been arrested for playing the mobile game, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, on their phones.
The game, also known as PUBG, is one of the most popular games in India. The Indian government subsequently took steps to contain the playing of the game.
In recent reports, some four boys have now been arrested for playing the game in a public space. This follows its ban in the Indian city of Ahmedabad.
This comes a few weeks after a viral video shared recently on Tik Tok showed a groom in India ignoring his wife at their wedding while playing the PUBG mobile game.
Some Indian state governments banned the game because they believed it was distracting young people from academics. Some deaths have also been linked to the game. Furthermore, some parents accuse the game of breeding aggressive behaviour in their children.
PUBG kick-started the obsession with Battle Royale games among gamers. The players in the game drop on an island with 99 other virtual players. They then go about looking for weapons and supplies so that they can become the last man standing.
Other similar games are Apex Legends and Fortnite. Nevertheless, PUBG swiftly became the mobile game of the year, last year. The mobile version of the game raked in over $65 million in March 2019.
According to media reports, officers in India have been in public places looking for young people with their phones in landscape mode. They assume that they are playing the game on their phones. It was also banned in another Indian state, Gujarat, in March 2019. 10 students were arrested in the state to that effect.
Some of those arrested are made to spend nights in jail and others were asked to pay a fine or given only warnings. The punishments have not been absolutely severe.
Ahmedabad lifted the bans on the game in April and Rajkot followed swiftly in May 2019.