Briefing: Police in India arrest 10 for playing PUBG Mobile

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After Rajkot ban, police arrest 10 for playing PUBG – The Indian Express

What happened: Police in the western Indian state of Gujarat arrested 10 people for playing Tencent’s hit title, “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile” (PUBG Mobile), The Indian Express reported. The arrests took place in the city of Rajkot, where the game has been banned since Mar. 6. Six of those arrested were undergraduate students, who were “so engrossed” in the game that they didn’t notice police approaching them, a police officer told The Indian Express. The six students were granted bail, and the other four are in the process of being released on bail.

Why it’s important: This is the first time that people have been arrested for playing “PUBG Mobile” in India, where it faces censure for violent content. The arrests come fewer than two weeks after the cities of Rajkot and Surat implemented temporary bans on the game,  which then expanded to include seven other cities in Gujarat. While cities that have banned the game are limited to Gujarat and violations are considered minor offenses, authority figures in other provinces have called for tighter restrictions, and even a country-wide ban.