The Indian city of Rajkot recently banned PUBG mobile, and if recent arrests are anything to go by, authorities are making good on that ban.
The Indian Express reports the Rajkot police have arrested 10 people since the PUBG ban went into effect on March 6. The latest round of arrests came with three young men who had their phones seized for the investigation.
“Our team caught these youths red-handed. They were taken into custody after they were found playing the PUBG game," Rohit Raval, an investigator with the Rajkot Special Operations Group (SGO), tells Indian Express. "This game is highly addictive and the accused were so engrossed in playing them that they could not even notice our team approaching them."
#Rajkot Police bans popular #PubG game & #MomoChallenge. 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— Kumar Manish (@kumarmanish9) March 7, 2019
Other cities in the Indian state of Gujarat have joined in the PUBG ban, which is supposed to last until March 30. Anyone caught playing the popular battle royale game is subject to legal action enforced under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, which is "disobedience to an order lawfully promulgated by a public servant." While it's unlikely anyone will be jailed just for playing PUBG, International Business Times' analysis of the code concludes jailtime is a potential penalty for anyone who disobeys the order to stop playing.
Eurogamer asked PUBG Mobile for their opinion on the ban and arrests, and the developer assures Eurogamer it's listening to criticisms and concerns. "To foster a healthy and balanced in-game environment, we are developing numerous new features and enhancements which enables us to provide an environment for players to enjoy PUBG Mobile in a rewarding and responsible manner," PUBG Mobile says. "We are honoured 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!"
Though the West jokes about how Fortnite seemingly usurped PUBG's popularity, PUBG continues to command a huge audience in Asia.