PUBG Mobile has issued a statement amid trouble with Indian law enforcement. Recently, ten people including six college students were arrested in Gujarat for playing PUBG Mobile. The ban was imposed by Rajkot Police following March 6 notification issued by Rajkot Police Commissioner Manoj Agarwal.
Since then, multiple cities in Gujarat have put a ban on PUBG Mobile. All these arrests were made under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which covers disobedience to an order lawfully promulgated by a public servant if the action causes danger to human life, health or safety.
The ban exempts policemen since they might need to play PUBG mobile game as part of their investigation. Additionally, it also exempts education and research institutions. The notification issued by police highlights issues such as encouraging violent behaviour among those who play PUBG mobile.
In a statement, PUBG Mobile that the game is meant for entertainment and should be played in a "healthy and responsible manner." PUBG Mobile is working to introduce what it calls "a healthy game system" by limiting play time for under-aged players. PUBG Mobile has assured players that they will find a solution to this.
Here's a full statement of PUBG Mobile:
"PUBG MOBILE is a game. It is meant merely for entertainment and should be enjoyed in a healthy and responsible manner. In consonance with our endeavour to continue promoting responsible gaming experience, we are working on the introduction of a healthy gameplay system in India to promote balanced, responsible gaming, including limiting play time for under-aged players. We were thus surprised to learn that local authorities in a few cities have decided to impose a ban on playing our game. 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. 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."