The Indian state of Gujarat has banned kids from playing PUBG after local authorities claimed the game was somehow to blame for an upswing in “violent traits” among local kids.
The law enforcement announced the ban says that “Due to these games, the education of children and youth are being affected and it affects the behavior, manners, speech, and development of the youth and children.”
Reports say that the ban came into place just last week, and police have actually begun enforcing it. Ten teenagers were arrested this week before being released with just a warning.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, made a comment back in January of 2019, which actually led to the ban. The Prime Minister expressed how the popularity of games like PUBG and Fortnite (both of which he mentioned specifically) creates challenges for Indian parents.
“Like everything else, technology too comes with its positives and negatives. As parents, we must guide our children to get the most from technology. Encourage their inquisitiveness on learning about various apps... like how to build something, or cook something.”
Despite mentioning both PUBG and Fortnite, the Gujarat ban only covers PUBG and does not extend to Fortnite for some reason. This may be because of Fortnite’s cartoony art style.