The Rajkot district administration in Gujarat on Thursday is contemplating about putting a ban on PUBG. The major reason for implementing the ban is because of an increase in violent behaviour in children.
PUBG, also known as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, is a battle royale game where players have to survive till the clock runs out. The game has been in the negative for some time now. There have been a number of incidents in which state governments have taken steps and agree that the game is addictive and is responsible for inciting violence and that the game should be banned. There have also been separate incidents which have led to the administrations behaving that way. In Jammu, a fitness trainer injured himself because he lost a game in PUBG. In another chilling incident, a boy hanged himself after his parents refused to buy him a phone for playing PUBG. Now, the Rajkot district administration in Gujarat on Thursday is contemplating about putting a ban on PUBG. The major reason for implementing the ban is because there has been an increase in violent behaviour among the children and the youth and that they were showing signs of addiction to the battle royale game.
Meanwhile, there have been a number of media reports who are claiming that PUBG has already been banned but the news is not true. According to our sources, we have got confirmation from Rajkot that the ban on PUBG has not been implemented yet. Additionally, there were some media reports which claimed that on March 9 or Saturday, the PUBG Mobile game will be banned but that’s not the case, again. At the moment there is no word on how the ban will work in the state. As for PUBG Mobile fans, the game is still not banned and you can play it for now. We expect a confirmation on the ban on the battle royale game by Monday which will mean that the game will stop working in the Rajkot region.
In a recommendation which was issued by Jagruti Pandya, Chairperson of Gujarat Child rights body, to the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) in order to ban PUBG Mobile in the state. According to officials, the game has affected a number of young people.
Jagruti Pandya was quoted by PTI saying, “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.”
In the event the game gets banned, the administration has stated that the reason that the game will be banned is that the students were found performing poorly in studies and because of their addiction to the game. But players who have been “good” can keep playing by downloading a simple proxy VPN app which would then allow them to play the game.
According to online media reports, the circular to ban PUBG has been sent to a number of primary education officers of the Rajkot district so as to put together certain measures which would reduce the number of cases which are coming from PUBG Mobile addiction and to also enforce a ban on the mobile game.