Bluehole's statement to Eurogamer concluded with, "we are honored to have a passionate community of PUBG Mobile players in India and globally and continue to welcome their feedback to make PUBG Mobile the best game ever". The Rajkot City Police was on a "special drive" and six students were arrested by sub-inspector N D Damor who were playing PUBG Mobile at hangout spots near Atmiya College.
The arrest took place on Tuesday and included a group of six college students who were part of a graduate program. "Our team caught these youth red-handed", Raval said. "We are working to understand the legal basis of such bans, and hope we can have a constructive dialogue with relevant authorities to explain our objectives and that they withdraw the prohibition", said the statement.
The controversial ban did meet with a few concerns, such as the prospect of this ban being carried out in other states of India potentially putting off users from mobile gaming entirely.
Even the mobile phones of these PUBG Mobile players were seized by the police for investigation.
The notification said that the ban would be in force from March 14 till the midnight of March 28.
Ahmedabad police commissioner AK Singh issued a notification on Wednesday placing an immediate ban on PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG). One official said the accused were so engrossed in the game that they didn't notice officers approaching.
The police report announcing the ban says that "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". The reason the game has been banned is because it is seen as highly addictive. "Keeping in mind public safety security and to maintain law and order, I hereby impose a ban on playing PUBG game/MOMO challenge", reads the notification, which was issued on directions from the Gujarat state government following a PUBG ban in Gujarat primary schools in February.