The IT minister of Goa, Rohan Khaunte, compared the online Battle Royale game to a demon and said that a law should be in place to restrict the game in Goa.
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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds or PUBG is one of the most famous Battle Royale games that has made a mark in the online multiplayer gaming space. The title’s mobile version has managed to fare even better than its PC or console version with PUBG players in India preferring to play the game on mobile phones. However, the game is being seen in a negative light as it is blamed for being addictive. Even the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, knows about the game as he mentioned it during an event. Now, PTI reports that Rohan Khaunte, IT minister of Goa says that the game has become a “demon” in every house.
As per the report, Khaunte said that there needs to be a law to make sure that PUBG is placed under a restriction in Goa. He also added that the CM of Goa, Manohar Parrikar, should take a call on such a ban. The government official reportedly said this on the sidelines of a government event in Porvorim. “I am not aware of states banning PUBG but some law has to be made to ensure there is a restriction on it in Goa,” Khaunte told PTI. “PUBG has become a demon in every house. Students, instead of studying, are engrossed in playing PUBG.”
This comes soon after the Delhi Commission For Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) issued an advisory to the Directorate Of Education (DOE) and Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) schools to be wary and protect children from the harmful effects of games that are “full of misogyny, hate, deceit and vengeance”. PUBG has also been blamed for bad grades of students and Gujarat government has already banned it in primary schools, with the Jammu and Kashmir Student Association requesting for the same.
We would like to reiterate that not only gaming but anything in excess can be considered harmful. As for the game being addictive, the onus falls on parents and guardians to ensure that children are not spending too much time stuck to a screen, be it a smartphone, laptop or TV.
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