After huge criticism on social media of the ban imposed in the state of Gujarat on PUBG Mobile, the Ahmedabad police has lifted the ban. The ban was announced publicly announced and was supposed to be imposed between the dates March 9th and April 30th. Eventually, ten people were arrested for violating the terms of the ban. Over some time, a total of twenty to twenty five people were arrested in the cities of Rajkot, Vadodara and Ahmedabad. They were charged under the Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code for violating the notification issued by Police Commissioner and Section 35 for playing PUBG despite ban Gujarat Police Act.
The ban had support from several authorities like the State Government
A few academic institutions claiming the game to be highly addictive. Even the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) supported this. They had issued an advisory against games like PUBG Mobile claiming it to be harmful and addictive.
A.K. Singh, police commissioner of Ahmedabad, stated while lifting the PUBG Mobile ban,
As the exam session is over and the direct trigger to initiating the action is not valid any more, we will not renew the proclamation. We have also taken public reaction into account. However, we are still concerned about the matter, as we are coming across extreme use of the game. We have decided to take more aggressive affirmative action. Maybe we will initiate a discussion and helpline services to provoke various resources in the civil society.
Though recently, Tencent has added a new digital lock system for players under the age of 13. This means that those players, who are under the age of 13, will be locked out of the game. They won’t be able to open it until their parent or guardian does it for them.
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