Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Police detain 10 teenagers in India for playing banned video game

Police detain 10 teenagers in India for playing banned video game

Speaking with Indian Express, police official Rohit Raval said, "the accused were so engrossed in playing" that they didn't notice the police's approach.

According to reports, it seems that Gujarat's PUBG ban has resulted in the arrest of 10 people for playing the game in Rajkot.

"It has been learnt through different mediums that there is a rise in violent tendencies among children and youth because of PUBG game / MOMO challenge".

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As if it wasn't odd enough for the state government to lump a multiplayer game together with an online hoax as a cause of violence, it's also only taking these threats to the fabric of society seriously from March 9 until April 30 this year.

Bluehole's statement to Eurogamer concluded with, "we are honored to have a passionate community of PUBG Mobile players in India and globally and continue to welcome their feedback to make PUBG Mobile the best game ever".

Ahmedabad police commissioner AK Singh issued a notification on Wednesday placing an immediate ban on PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG).

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"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", said Rajkot taluka police inspector VS Vanzara to Indian Express. Cops, education and research institutes were exempted from this ban order.

After that report, another six people were arrested today - a group "undergraduate students and their young friends who are doing private jobs". "The game affects their studies, and also on their behaviour, and development", the notification read explaining the reasons for the ban on the two games.

Asked in a public debate in January about the negative effects of video games on kids, the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi said: "Was he playing PUBG?". As parents, we must guide our children to get the most from technology.

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