Known for the bold decisions and unorthodox functionality, Gujarat government is in the news yet again for being the first Indian state standing against the popular battle royale game PUBG Mobile.

Gujarat has banned the online multiplayer game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds officially from the primary schools of the state. The primary education department of Gujarat directed all the primary schools of the state to implement PUBG Mobile ban from the earliest.

The circular for the ban came after the Gujarat State Commission for Protection of Child Rights suggested the same to the primary education department.

According to the circular, the ban on PUBG Mobile was essential since its a highly addictive game and affects adversely on the studies. The ban decision is more based on the grounds of the upcoming state board examinations.

Gujarat Band PUBG Mobile in Primary Schools

It is not hidden how the Indian mobile gaming has been taken over by PUBG Mobile and how the young minds are hooked to it now. Moreover, the dirt cheap internet rates in India are another reason for the game’s increasing popularity. It comes as no surprise that PUBG Mobile has become India’s most downloaded game. There have been numerous tournaments and esports in India for PUBG Mobile. In recent Google Play rewards, PUBG Mobile was selected as the best Android game for 2018. Moreover, the PC version of the battle royale game was elected as one of the top grossing titles on a top digital distribution platform for playing and purchasing video games, Steam.

However, it has a darker side to it and the addiction has constantly shown side effects. According to some educational institutions, there is a direct correlation between a violent game such as PUBG and mental health of youngsters. This is not the first time in India that PUBG has been banned in an educational institute. Late last year, one of the top engineering institutions of the country Vellore Institute Of Technology banned PUBG from the campus after the increasing popularity of the game.

Now that Gujarat has banned it from primary schools, authorities are asking for a ban across the country. The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has suggested a nationwide ban on the PUBG Mobile game.

Gujarat Child Rights body Chairperson, Jagruti Pandya said, “The NCPCR had sent a letter to all the states and recommended a ban on the game. All the states are required to implement it. Looking at the negative effects of the game, we had recently sent a letter to the state government recommending a ban on the game.”