India Bans PUBG Over Fears It Is ‘Creating Psychopaths’

Parents are blaming the game for bullying, stealing, the works.

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India is really cracking down on Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds. The country further tightened the ban on the video game out of fear that ‘it is creating psychopaths.’

The PUBG fever has swept to many countries in Asia. Players from the United States and Japan really got into PUBG as well. But the game is facing more backlash from India’s traditionalists than it is elsewhere.

PUBG is a survival style competitive game where players face-off, just like in the Hunger Games. Other games such as Fortnite also follow the same formula but differs with its fantasy settings. PUBG on the other hand, happens to go for a more realistic theme than a fantasy one.

Battlegrounds has hundreds of thousands of global players face off, and fight to the death until one survivor remains.

The game is so popular that China’s Tencent Holdings Ltd. introduced a mobile version of the competitive game. Shortly afterwards, it became the most popular smartphone game in the world.

India and PUBG

When the game swept over India it received resistance right off the bat. Initially, multiple Indian cities banned PUBG, because it was affecting children’s grades. The other reasons to ban the game included children not paying attention to their surrounding.


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People were even arrested in this regard (they did legally ban the game after all). This was followed by the National Child Rights Commission calling for a PUBG ban, due to its violent nature.

It was the Hindi newspaper, Navbharat Times that declared PUBG an “epidemic” that turned children into “manorogi,” or psychopaths. It claimed that children lost their mental balance due to the game.

“There are dangerous consequences to this game,…..Many children have lost their mental balance.”

Local politicians, parents and teachers blame the game for bullying, stealing and, in one Mumbai case, a teenager’s suicide.

A local minister went so far as to label the game ‘the demon in every house’.

Regulation vs Civil Liberty

Adults, specifically non-gamers, have been hating on video games for over two decades now.

Be it Grand Theft Auto or the current target PUBG, it is important to remember that at the end of the day, its just a game. Just like movies and music before it, these video games also come with their own ratings.


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Last year, China had the most hardcore crackdown on video games. The country suspended approval of new titles and tightened scrutiny. It also vowed to fight against video game addiction and the adverse health effects that come with playing for many hours at end.

No one is denying the adverse effects of violent video games on developing children. That is why parental supervision is necessary. Furthermore, violent video games are always rated R, 18+ or PG, and parents are expected to play a more proactive role here.

China already has a PUBG ban on underage players.

The question is, do these bans extend to adults? Especially like India and China are doing right now?

Written by Ummara Sheraz

Entertainment & culture writer at ProPakistani/Lens. Occasionally dabbles in other news.

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  1. When parents don’t know how to control their kids then they blame the games. Showing that they cannot handle their kids .I mean these suicides were being done by Adults what about that. There was a child that committed suicide because of studies .If your kid gets angry after playing video games then try to know Why your child is angry or crying it’s just like when your child is angry after or crying after seeing his result of exams cz he didn’t got no.1 or 2 position at that moment you try to calm them by saying something like you’ll do better next time if you try a little bit hard or by saying you have done well because you have been through by that situation as well.So,long story short I’m just saying that you have to play the game and experience what it feels like to lose or not get the rewards like that stuff and then you’ll never be blaming video games for your poor parenting Just try to understand your child that what he’s up to. Maybe he’s being bullied in school. Ask your kid what happened and try to fix it for them. Just don’t blame others.
    (I am neither here to judge anyone nor trying to prove something just trying to help)

  2. Man I agree with you, but the thing is that we should balance our time and use the technology in right way

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