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Indian police arrest ten students for playing PUBG

Police enforce a ban on the game, leading to the arrest of ten young people playing the mobile version of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.

We doubt we're the only ones who've been threatened with punishment due to our excessive consumption of video games over the years, but the parents of game-playing youngsters in the Indian state of Gujarat have got more ammunition than most when getting their little ones to put down the game and do their homework. That's because a local government ban on battle royale shooter PUBG has been put in place, and police are actually enforcing it.

The result of this ban and its subsequent enforcement is that ten young people have been arrested by local police officers, all for the hellish crime of playing PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on a smartphone, a game which they say spreads "violent traits" among players.

"Due to these games, the education of children and youth are being affected and it affects the behaviour, manners, speech and development of the youth and children," states a local police order on March 6 (via The Guardian).

The ten offenders were released on the same day as their arrest and given a warning. Presumably, the warning was that they should have been playing Fortnite instead, a game that isn't banned.

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