On Tuesday, The Gujarat government issued an official document requesting district authorities to enforce a ban on the massively popular online video game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, more commonly referred to as PUBG. According to officials, the document came from the state’s primary education at the recommendation of the Gujarat State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (GSCPCR). This happened just less than a week after the Jammu and Kashmir Students Association called for the governor administration to issue a ban on PUBG Mobile in the state, branding the game as the cause of poor academic results among youngsters.

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The document instructed District Primary Education Officers to take the steps necessary to ensure that the game is not played in primary schools. It also said that this was a necessary move as more and more children were becoming addicted to PUBG to the point of "adversely affecting their studies". Although it is not explicitly stated, the likelihood is that the government is referring to the mobile version of the game.

Furthermore, Jagruti Pandya, chairperson of GSCPCR, stated that the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) had recommended that the game is banned across the entire country.

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Tencent Games, publisher of PUBG Mobile, has yet to make any public comment regarding this move by the Gujarat government.

As mentioned, PUBG was accused of causing poor exam results among high school students by the Jammu and Kashmir Students Association earlier this month. This body even went so far as to say that obsession to the game is “more concerning than addiction to drugs” and demanded that it is banned immediately.  Additionally, other similar games are also targeted as well.

Released in March 2018, PUBG Mobile quickly became a cultural phenomenon, especially in India. The game has witnessed several major competitive tournaments with huge prize pools in the country. As of last December, it had enjoyed 200 million downloads, not including figures for China.