For some, PUBG is one of the best pastime activities. For others, it’s the work of the devil.
The latter is not an over-exaggeration either. Some officials, like those in Gujarat state, India, saw the battle royale as such a bad influence to their community that they outright banned it from primary schools earlier this year. According to government officials, the game has been negatively affecting studies, getting the children “addicted” to it.
India’s National Commission for Protection of Child Rights even recommended a country-wide ban to the game, labelled by some ministers as “demon in every house”.
“The NCPCR had sent a letter to all the states and recommended a ban on the game. All the states are required to implement it. Looking at the negative effects of the game, we had recently sent a letter to the state government recommending a ban on the game,” one NCPCR chairperson commented.
But what happens if you do end up playing PUBG after all? According to recent reports — you can be arrested.
According to Gulf News, 10 university students were arrested for playing PUBG on their mobile phones. The students were released on bail the same day.
India is not the only country to ban PUBG on the basis of being a bad influence on its people. Last December, China’s Online Ethics Review Committee banned PUBG on the basis of having too much blood and gore. PUBG Corp’s product was one of 20 such titles, which the Chinese committee either prohibited or forced upon “corrective action”. Other games on this list include Fortnite, Overwatch, Diablo, H1Z1 and even the cartoonish World of Warcraft.