PUBG Mobile: Another setback for PUBG Mobile, Indian Government “PUBG Mobile Game violent and explicit” – Union Minister Prakash Javadekar called the PUBG Mobile game an example of a “violent, explicit and addictive game”, striking down any hopes of the popular game’s relaunch in India. The game was amongst hundreds of apps, the Indian government banned in September 2020 for sharing data with the Chinese government.
Talking about the government’s plans to set up a centre of excellence in gaming that would promote Indian culture and values, Javadekar said that many mobile games “tend to create a complex in the mind of children”.
“PUBG was just one example of it, but criticising those games is not the solution. The solution is to create our own games and apps in line with Make in India for the world so that these are adopted the world over for their basic values that are an integral part of our Indian ethos,” Javadekar said on Sunday.
However, this was not an indication of a decision being made on PUBG. The game’s parent company — PUBG Corporation — has engaged with the government to reverse the ban, with assurances of several changes in the game. While they made a few changes, including severing ties with China’s Tencent Games, it never got the government’s green signal for a relaunch. The company also tried to make amends by setting up a company in Bengaluru.
Furthermore, they hinted at a probable launch of PUBG Mobile India, releasing a trailer where blood spill was replaced with a green hit effect and game characters were fully clothed in the game. But it was not enough to appease the Indian government. With Javadekar’s comments, it is unlikely that the game will make a comeback anytime soon.
However, such comments about first-person shooting game are not new. In the aftermath of a mass school shooting event in the US, many American lawmakers called for restrictions on such video games as they suggested that it could lead to excessive aggression.