Followed by multiple arrests in India and concerns over kids playing battle royale games for too long, Tencent Games and Pubg Corp. seem to have been working to alleviate the situation. According to gamers, one of the most popular battle royale games, Pubg Mobile, seems to have implemented a play time restriction of six hours.
However, gamers say that this restriction is only applicable for Indian players, while the players from the rest of the world have not bee subjected to any such rule.
Pubg Mobile has not responded to the queries on alleged restrictions.
The new restrictions, as spotted by players, shows a warning after the first two hours of gameplay, and then after four hours, it states that the limit will soon be reached. After six hours of gameplay, gamers say they are shown a pop-up box labeled ‘health reminder’. Players are told that they have played for six hours and that they need to come back after 24 hours have passed.
The development comes after a ban on the game led to multiple arrests in Rajkot, Gujarat. The Chinese government recently banned PUBG Mobile for players under the age of 13.
Many Indian players who spend hours on the game are still receiving notifications asking them to wait for some more time before they can play the game again.
After the ban on the game in Rajkot which followed multiple arrests, Pubg Mobile issued a statement saying “PUBG MOBILE is a game. It is meant merely for entertainment and should be enjoyed in a healthy and responsible manner. In consonance with our endeavor to continue promoting responsible gaming experience, we are working on the introduction of a healthy gameplay system in India to promote balanced, responsible gaming, including limiting play time for under-aged players. We were thus surprised to learn that local authorities in a few cities have decided to impose a ban on playing our game. 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. To PUBG MOBILE players, we want to assure you that we are on your side and we will try our best to find a reasonable solution”.
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