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Police detain 10 teenagers in India for playing banned video game

15 March 2019

Last week, Surat, Rajkot, and Vadodara had placed a ban on the highly popular and addictive PUBG. Now, the Ahmedabad police have issued a notification prohibiting the game from March 14 till the midnight of March 28.

All the 10 were booked under Indian Penal Code Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and later granted bail at the police stations concerned, the police said.

According to a report by The Indian Express, six of the people who have been arrested for violating the terms of ban are a part of a graduate program and they were picked up by the police outside a fast-food joint near a college on the Kalavad road area of the city on Tuesday. Those arrested will have to stand trial at a later date. The students were released on bail.

Gujarat is the only Indian state to ban the game - which has been downloaded more than 100 million times around the world.

The company said it has been working on the introduction of a healthy gameplay system in India to promote balanced as well as responsible gaming, including limiting play time for under-aged players. We were thus surprised to learn that local authorities in a few cities have chose to impose a ban on playing our game.

"Our team caught these youths red-handed".

What makes the arrests more "interesting" is the fact that players were so engaged in playing PUBG that they didn't notice the police team approaching them. 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.

PUBG, or PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, made by South Korean firm Bluehole Inc, is a survival-themed battle game that drops dozens of online players on an island to try and eliminate each other. The game is also having an impact on studies as well as behaviour, conduct and language of children and youth... The police have also released instructions to get rid of the game which asks parents to monitor the use of smartphones by their children and even asks students to avoid discussing PUBG with their friends.

Police detain 10 teenagers in India for playing banned video game