PUBG Mobile Game Ban in India, Government Notice: Fact Check


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Government Issues Notice on PUBG Mobile Game Ban in India.
The online game is creating a lot of nuisance and irrespective activities and many students spoiling their own lives..

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Fact Check:

A message circulating on WhatsApp and other social media sites claims to present a Government Notice on PUBG Mobile Game Ban in India. The popular mobile online game is creating a lot of nuisance and many students are spoiling their lives, it mentions. Amidst some concerns about addiction of the game and its nature, many viewers believed in the ‘notice’ of PUBG Mobile Game Ban in India. It is not true; the ‘Government Notice’ on PUBG mobile game ban in India is fake.

About PUBG Mobile Game and Its Concerns

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is an online multiplayer battle royale game developed and published by PUBG Corporation. PUBG is available in the free-to-play variant. The mobile version of the game was released in early 2018 by Tencent Holdings Ltd. and became very popular, especially in India. The game involves players fighting each other with weapons. In order to win, they have to land, loot and do whatever it takes to survive and be the last man standing. Kids and adults are hooked onto the game for hours, also because of the high-quality graphics and audio.

Some experts express concerns that PUBG game keeps a player hooked on for several hours and can lead to addiction. There are also concerns, the nature of PUBG game and its blood and gore can affect children’s mind. On the other hand, there’s high risk of myopia and eye stress in children staring into any electronic gadget for too long.

Some schools in Bengaluru started warning parents about the ill-effects of playing the game for hours at a stretch. Tamil Nadu’s Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) had banned PUBG game in its campus (see the notice below). The University put up a notice saying students playing the game are disturbing their fellow roommates and spoiling the entire atmosphere of the hostel. The notice also suggests students to concentrate on physical games or sports instead and give more importance to their career growth. In fact, some reports say people are wasting hours after getting that precious ‘Winner Winner Chicken Dinner’ in PUBG game.

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VIT Notice banning PUBG Game in Campus

The growing popularity of PUBG game among children and youth in India has raised the aforementioned fears of addiction. So, the question of banning PUBG game in India has come up.

About the ‘Government Notice’ on PUBG Mobile Game Ban in India

In the first place, there are no credible news reports about any such ban on PUBG mobile game in India. The legal notice – in the form of a letter with water mark ‘LEGAL ACTION’ – does not appear like one coming from Government of India. It has spelling mistakes like ‘majestratives’ and ‘maharastra’, along with grammatical errors like ‘All we have knew..” and “…legally notices have been sent..”. Moreover, in our online search we did not find name of the signing judge K. Srinivasulu in High Court of Maharashtra. All this concludes to saying the story in question is hoax and the ‘Government Notice’ on PUBG mobile game ban in India is fake.

Hoax or Fact:

Hoax.


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