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PUBG Mobile of Tencent Holdings Limited ranks among the top five smartphone games in the world, with more than 734 million downloads. According to reports, there are nearly 50 million active PUBG players in India. The game has about 13 million users every day.
In order to measure the great popularity of PUBG, Prime Minister said adressing to a mother who complained about her teenage kid in an exam stress event: “Yeah PUBG-wala hai kya (Is he a PUBG player?)".
These days you can easily spot childrens/teenagers and other people on public transport, on university campuses or outside of schools sitting in groups stuck in the mobile game, with their headphones on shouting for help and giving instructions to their mates playing with them. All playing the so popular PUBG game.
Now fans of mobile games have turned to another addictive FPS shooter - PUBG. Nearly 400 million people worldwide play Player Unknown's Battle Grounds (PUBG). In each game, up to a hundred players parachute on the island and then look for weapons to kill others without getting killed. The last player or the last remaining team wins the game.
While PUBG doesn't offer a completely different style of play, it certainly brings something new.
The mobile version of PUBG is free, available to almost anyone, and requires no pre-skill to start playing.
“But every coin has two sides. Easy availability and no cost have made PUBG accessible to toddlers who are easily affected by the game,” says Meenal Arora, founder of the Shemford Group of Futuristic Schools.
Best of all, you can play PUBG with your friends and voice chat in real time! This is similar to the approach from the popular PC game Counterstrike, and due to the human connection with other players, it can become very addictive. Children and adults alike lose track of time while playing at the expense of ignoring study, work, or other activities.
"The strategy of hitting targets with peers keeps children excited and addicted to these games," says Divya Palaniappan, a child psychologist at the Flinto R&D Center.
Add to that the amazing audiovisual features of PUBG along with its marketing tactics through online gaming events, and you have a big problem with gaming addiction. Incidents of violence, self-mutilation, and news of accidents while traveling due to engrossing in playing PUBG leave parents worried. There are around 120 million PUBG users in India and the game is one of the three most downloaded files of all time. The situation changed in early April when a Grade 10 student from Telengan committed suicide when his parents asked him to study instead of playing PUBG.
"But the real problem should not be the game itself, but the addictive behaviour and mental well-being of a child" says Parul Ohri of Momspresso, Chief Editor of Momspresso.com
This ban on PUBG has "PUBG lovers" concerned about a nationwide PUBG ban. PUBG is currently banned in Iraq and Nepal due to their negative impact on the population.
Surat, Rajkot and Vadodara have already banned PUBG in their jurisdictions. More than 15 FIRs have been filed since the PUBG ban came into force. Several players were even arrested and then released on bail.
So, addiction to games, be it violent or non-violent games, is a problem; but in evidently violent games, the increased risk cannot be ignored, especially in the case of children.
In June of this year, the indian government also banned 59 mobile applications for security reasons, including Bytedance's TikTok, Alibaba's UC browser and Tencent's WeChat.
In explaining its latest move, the ministry stated that it has received many complaints about the misuse of certain mobile applications on the Android and iOS platforms to steal user information and secretly transmit it to servers which were located outside India.
The spokesperson said: "The compilation of these data, the mining and analysis of factors hostile to India's national security and defence, will ultimately harm nations security. It is a very deep and urgent issue that requires urgent measures." statement.
The government said that the Cybercrime Centre of the Ministry of the Interior also recommended blocking these "malicious applications."
Other applications banned today include games, online payment services, dating sites, and even software for editing selfies.