One of the ultra-popular battle royale games, PlayerUnknown’s Battleground Mobile, has been going through quite a rough time in India lately. From the game getting banned from several Indian cities to unfortunate events happening due to the game, people across the country are questioning this game’s potential threats. A number of users in Rajkot, Gujarat are even jailed for playing PUBG Mobile.
There’s no doubt that developers of PUBG Mobile are continuously putting in efforts to make it a safe game. Where on one side, teams like SOUL are winning millions in PUBG Mobile tournaments, there are some who take the addiction for the game to a whole new level.
In-Game Health Reminders
And now, as the game is on a verge of getting banned in even more areas of the country, PUBG Mobile makers have taken more accountability towards the incidents and in a move to keep the game unbanned in one of the most popular markets, Tencent has introduced In-Game Health Warnings. In the recent Holi holidays, Twitter was full of screenshots from users showing the ‘health reminder’ flashing on screen after a quick small in-game update. The health-reminder locks down the player after 6 hours of gameplay.
The health-reminder message asks you to return to the gameplay after a few minutes of cool-off time. Some users reported that the message is flashing after a window of 2 hours while some are locked out after 6 hours of gameplay in a day.
Interestingly, before getting started, the game is also asking users if they are above 18 years or not. It can be possible that PUBG Mobile makers have pulled off an algorithm to give you gaming hours depending on your age.
Note that we still don’t have any official word from the makers of PUBG Mobile. It looks like the rollout is still in progress and once effective completely, Tencent will release a statement for the disgruntled Indian users.
This move shows that PUBG Mobile is concerned about its addiction incidents taking place in the country and its upcoming downfall due to the actions of Indian authorities. PUBG Mobile earlier released a statement about the ban imposed on the game in some cities of India stating that they are looking and analyzing the limitations and legalization of the ban. PUBG Mobile also said that they are hoping to “have a constructive dialogue with relevant authorities to explain our objectives and that they withdraw the prohibition.”
No matter how the situation turns out, this is the first step from developers to keep the game unbanned in India.