Some had their phone seized for the goal of the investigation.
Asked in a public debate in January about the negative effects of video games on kids, the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi said: "Was he playing PUBG?". "Our team caught these youth red-handed", Rohit Raval, Rajkot Special Operations Group police inspector, said. Later, a 25-year-old resident of Satta Bazar was arrested by the police for playing the game near Kalavad road.
Ahmedabad police commissioner AK Singh issued a notification on Wednesday placing an immediate ban on PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG). We were thus surprised to learn that local authorities in a few cities have made a decision to impose a ban on playing our game. "But it is a bailable offence". The games were adversely affecting the studies and the overall behaviour, conduct and language of children, the notification said.
The police seized the mobile phones of the individuals for "the objective of investigation" and it has charged the arrested individuals under the Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code for violating the notification issued by Police Commissioner and Section 35 for playing PUBG despite ban Gujarat Police Act.
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"This game is highly addictive and the accused were so engrossed in playing them that they could not even notice our team approaching them", a police official was quoted as saying.
"PUBG Mobile is a game". Police Commissioner Manoj Agrawal explained that "people have been booked but there is nothing like arrest in it".
The company said it has been working on the introduction of a healthy gameplay system in India to promote balanced as well as responsible gaming, including limiting play time for under-aged players.
Bluehole's statement to Eurogamer concluded with, "we are honored 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". "As parents, we must guide our children to get the most from technology", he said.