PUBG Mobile: How is the game going even after getting banned? NCPCR sought response from the central government

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In 2020, the Indian government blocked many other apps, including games like PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite, citing them as harmful to the sovereignty, integrity and defense of the nation.

Last week a tragic incident came to light in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh. A 16-year-old boy allegedly shot and killed his mother when she was stopped from playing the online game PUBG Mobile. Now the National Commission of Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has reacted to this and has questioned the IT Ministry and the Indian Olympic Association. 

PTI news The NCPCR has written a letter to Ajay Prakash, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, asking them to explain within 10 days how children are still able to play the banned online game PUBG Mobile in India. The NCPCR asked the President of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) about e-sports recognition for PUBG and other games. Let us know about it in detail. 

 

How is PUBG Mobile running even after getting banned?

In 2020, the Indian government blocked many other apps, including games like PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite, citing them as harmful to the sovereignty, integrity and defense of the nation. But recently because of this game, a boy allegedly shot and killed his mother. NCPCR wrote to IT Ministry Secretary:

“In the wake of this incident, it is beyond the comprehension of the Commission how a banned sport…which has been blocked by the Government, is still available for use by minors. Therefore, the commission requests your good offices to explain the reason for the presence of such blocked apps on the internet.

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights also requested that it be informed about the action taken in such incidents. It also said that within 10 days of the receipt of this letter, it should be provided with the regulating body and the regulating mechanism along with the list of sports which are being used by minors.

In another letter to the President of the Indian Olympic Association, the commission said that it has been observed that PUBG is considered a part of e-sports and has received recognition from the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).

“In the said regard it is requested that the Commission may be informed about the current status whether PUBG or any other similar e-game has been recognized by your organization. It is requested that within 10 days of the receipt of this letter, the Commission may be informed about such games, along with their identity status, which are being used by minors.”