You can play PUBG only for 6 hours/day: Here’s why
‘PUBG Mobile’, as we all know, is currently dealing with a lot of backlash from the authorities in the country for being “addictive”. The situation was escalated to a point where people started getting arrested for playing the game.
Amidst all these controversies, it’s been reported that Tencent has now decided to restrict the game to only 6 hours of play time a day. As soon as you hit the time limit, you’ll be shown a message saying, “You’ve played the game for 6h today. Please come back later”. Here, take a look –
The announcement was made on the official discord server of the game where one of the moderators published the following message-
Due to political concerns in India, a play time restriction of six hours has been imposed. This applies to all Indian players regardless of their age. The restriction does not affect players of other regions than India. Players below the age of 18 will receive a reminder after two and four hours, this before the six-hour restriction is reached. Note: It may take some time for these changes to take full effect and apply to every Indian player.
Players who exceed this amount of playtime will now receive a “health reminder”. These players will be unable to log in to the game and a message as follows will be shown-
You have played the game for 6h today. Please come back at (next day’s date and time)
A lot of gamers have reported about being unable to play PUBG Mobile after hitting 6-hour time limit. However, we are still seeking more clarity regarding this new development as to how PUBG Mobile calculates the in-game time and whether this restriction affects all PUBG Mobile players irrespective of their age groups or only those who are below the age of 18.
Earlier, PUBG released a detailed statement following the arrests made by Gujarat police under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which covers disobedience to an order lawfully promulgated by a public servant if the action causes danger to human life, health or safety.
Several areas in Gujarat have imposed a ban on the game. Following the notification issued by Rakot Police commissioner Manoj Agarwal imposing the ban on the game, at least ten people including six college students were arrested from different parts of Gujarat for playing the game.
PUBG Mobile in its recent statement said that it is a game, which is meant merely for entertainment and should be enjoyed healthily and responsibly.
“In consonance with our endeavour 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,” PUBG Mobile had said in its earlier statement.
PUBG Mobile hasn’t clarified on whether this is a new feature being tested or if it will roll out to all users. Not every PUBG Mobile user has received this health reminder as yet. This health reminder comes at a time when PUBG Mobile is facing bans in some Indian cities. Authorities have even arrested some people for playing PUBG Mobile despite the ban.
It is expected that PUBG Mobile could be experimenting a time limit feature for the ongoing ban demands in India. The company did say it is working on figuring out a way to find “a reasonable solution” on this.
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