Four major Indian cities have banned PUBG Mobile and those who are caught playing the game risk being arrested.
This follows a string of violent incidents that Indian officials have linked to the popular online battle royale title. As always, it’s worth pointing out that there’s no evidence to suggest a link between violent video games (or any other media) and committing violent acts.
According to officials, those found playing PUBG Mobile will face legal action enforced under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code. However, the International Business Times (spotted by US Gamer) says that the law is open to interpretation and gamers may only risk being arrested if they refuse to stop playing when asked to do so by police.
That said, The Indian Express is reporting that 10 arrests have been made since the ban was introduced. Rohit Raval of the Rajkot Special Operations Group told them:
This game is highly addictive and the accused were so engrossed in playing them that they could not even notice our team approaching them.
PUBG Mobile had been previously banned in the cities of Rajkot and Surat with Gir Somnath and Bhavnagar now enforcing the same ban which will lift on March 30th.