Tencent’s PUBG Mobile has been banned in several Indian cities with jail time threatened for those that are caught playing the portable shooter.
As reported by The Quint, Rajkot Police announced plans for the ban via social media citing a growing concern that PUBG promotes violence. It was also claimed that children were performing poorly in exams, and that the game was in part to blame.
The ban will run from March 9th to March 30th, 2019. It was also stated that anyone taking part in the internet ‘Momo challenge’ will also face the same penalties - a slightly bizarre mention given it has been confirmed as a hoax.
10 people arrested
Since the Rajkot ban went into place, 10 people have been arrested in the country for playing PUBG Mobile, according to The Indian Express
“We want to give a stern message that the notification banning PUBG won’t remain just on paper,” said a senior police officer.
#Rajkot Police bans popular #PubG game & #MomoChallenge.— Kumar Manish (@kumarmanish9) March 7, 2019
Acc. to @GujaratPolice, it is leading to violent behaviour among youths and impacting their development. Anyone can file a complaint in the nearest police station againt people playing the game
Via @chiragpatel0055 pic.twitter.com/T4tieJY1LF
Since releasing in February 2018, PUBG Mobile surpassed 100 million downloads on Google Play worldwide.