Police in Gujarat have not banned Fortnite, a popular rival to PUBG developed by US-based Epic Games.
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.
Other Gujarat cities that are enforcing a PUBG ban right now include Bhavnagar, Gir Somnath, and Surat, according to International Business Times. The accused, six of whom are undergraduates, one works at a private firm, one a labourer and another a graduate, will be facing a trial, but the police commissioner clarified that it's not an arrest and those booked will be immediately bailed.
That's all well and good, but perhaps we should acknowledge the larger crime committed by the police and state, in failing to note that the Momo challenge is bogus, and that year after year, studies have no shown there's no evidence to prove a link between violent games and aggressive behavior.
The ban was implemented on March 9 and would be in effect till April 30. "Our team caught these youth red-handed", Raval said.
PUBG Mobile is a raging success in India, raking in millions of players and revenue for the makers of the game.
Of the 10 arrested, six are already out on bail. With concerns regarding the game's promotion of violence alongside the game's addictive nature, PUBG Mobile is allegedly causing Indian children to perform worse in exams.
"Keeping in mind public safety and security, and to ensure that law and order situation is maintained, a ban is placed on playing PUBG and Momo challenge in Ahmedabad city police limits", the notification read.