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GAMES: India Bans the Popular Game “PUBG” in the Fear Of Creating ‘Psychopaths’

June 20, 2019 Bonela Meena Kumari

Oh no! India bans PUBG, the famous battle royale game because of its effects! What are those? Learn more right here!

Due to the Digital India campaign with no proper laws or morals laid—violent shooting and deathmatch games became popular which is having an adverse effect on the health of children. Yes, we are talking about that game! PUBG!

Several suicides, murders, mental illness, death due to a nervous breakdown and similar cases are being recorded every day all over the country. Parents, citizens, and many officials are raising their voice now and demanding the government to impose a ban on PUBG.

What is PUBG?

Player Unknown Battle Grounds! Who doesn’t know this game? It is a battle royale game where 100 players land in an area, find assault rifles, sniper guns, and other war weapons to face off other players until only one is left standing.

The battle royale games like PUBG and Fortnite are quite famous computer games that can make people play for hours. India doesn’t have a very good computer gaming history as we have more rural communities who have no access to or cannot afford PCs or gaming consoles like those of in the US or Japan.

Due to the increase in the number of mobile users and affordable internet plans in India, top gaming companies like Tencent Holdings Ltd., entered into the mobile gaming industry to make a good market in India.

Is PUBG too famous in India?

This ‘Demon of Every House’ game, PUBG is famous not only among players and common people. Even our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi knows about PUBG. In a public meeting, a woman complained about her son’s addiction to mobile games which made his grades fall down, For which PM Modi replied: “Is that the PUBG one?”

What led to the backlash of PUBG?

PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battle Grounds) became too popular in India and players of all ages started spending hours in this game. This addiction to the game has led to serious physical and mental problems.

-A 20-year-old died while playing PUBG due to the nerve damage.

-A young boy failed in university exams after he wrote ‘How to play PUBG’ in his answer sheet.

-Two persons, who are indulged in this game, got knocked down by a train.

-A young boy from Delhi, murdered his entire family as they didn’t let him play PUBG with his friends.

-A boy from Madhya Pradesh drank acid mistaking it for water while playing PUBG.

Multiple cities have banned PUBG keeping in mind the impact it has on the child health and the recommendations of the National Child Rights Commission. Newspapers like Hindu, Navbharat warned India throwing light on the consequences and saying “Many children have lost their mental balance”, “PUBG is an ‘epidemic’ that has turned children into ‘Manorogi’ (Psychopaths).”

Arrests have also been taken place in Western India. Nearly 10 university students got arrested as they played PUBG after a ban has been imposed on the game in that city.

Is the ban going to save children from online game addiction? We have to wait and see. Share us what your thoughts on the news that India bans PUBG by sending us a message on our Facebook page.