Ban on PUBG: A targeted move to ensure the safety of children

Government of India has now banned PUBG, the incredibly popular battle royale game that was pretty much a permanent fixture on the top of the charts on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. In fact, around 25 per cent of PUBG’s entire global gamer base came from India. According to online analytics firm SensorTower, the PUBG has seen more than 175 million game installations in India.
PUBG is an online multiplayer battle royale game that has gained immense popularity. However, there are some gamers who are even addicted to this game which is why it has become a major concern for many. It is a fabulous game but getting addicted to it can give rise to certain mental and physical health. A statement by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology released today said the ban on PUBG Mobile and the other hundred-odd apps have been imposed under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, on grounds that “they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”.
No doubt, it is a good decision taken by the Union government to ban such violent games. Most of the bad effects of video games are blamed on the violence they contain. Children who play more violent video games are more likely to have increased aggressive thoughts, emotions, and behaviours, and decreased helping others. People can be addicted to video gaming.
PUBG had been under scrutiny for being a violent game. Excessive violence can trigger aggressive thoughts, emotions and behaviour that ultimately affect the mental health of the player. Playing too much PUBG can make you less productive. Video game addiction is not a new thing but you should know that this is not good for one's mental health. Most gamers spend their entire day playing PUBG which means they end up becoming less socially active. The game interferes greatly with the studies of a person. Instead of studying, students were wasting their time on these games. This results in neglecting studies and also in reduced levels of concentration. Its addiction was slowing down children’s brain activity. The decision to ban these games is a targeted move to ensure safety, security and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace.

- Prabhakar Purandare

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