PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which also widely known as PUBG, has become the most played game since its mobile version launch about 8 months back. The game has reached such a level that there has been news about individuals injuring themselves during playing PUBG. Also in a recent blow to PUBG Mobile, the Gujarat government has now issued a new circular which directs district authorities to ban students who are found playing PUBG Mobile in schools.
The new circular was issued by Gujarat’s primary education department after a recommendation by the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights. The circular has also directed all District Primary Education Officers to implement the required precautions or steps towards enforcing a ban on PUBG Mobile in schools. The notice also states that the PMobile ban was necessary as children were getting addicted to the online multiplayer battle royale game and thatpunpu Mobile was “adversely affecting their studies”.
PubgChairperson of the Gujarat child rights body, Jagruti Pandya, has stated to the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) to issue a recommendation to ban PUBG in the entire state. Jagruti Pandya stated, “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”.
The circular by the Gujarat Government comes at a time after the release of a recent report by Quartz and Jana which state that a PUBG player spends up to 8 hours a week on an average in India. The survey also found out that 24.3 per cent of the respondents played PUBG for 8 hours or more in a week. Over 52 per cent of the players said they preferred to play PUBG at night.
This is not the first time a ban has been called for the immensely popular battle royale game. According to PUBG Corp, over 800 million players have joined the online platform since its launch 8 months back. A few weeks back, a Jammu fitness trainer is said to have allegedly injured himself after playing PUBG Mobile for ten days. The Jammu Students Association had called for a ban on PUBG Mobile after the game was blamed to have caused children to score poor results in the 10th and 12th board exams.