Indian teenagers detained for playing “PUBG” videogame

(Reuters) – Police in Gujarat, India, detained 10 teenagers for breaking a newly announced ban on playing videogame “PUBG,” the forerunner of global smash “Fortnite,” officials said on Thursday. Asked in a public debate in January about the negative effects of videogames on kids, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: “Was he playing PUBG? The ban was announced last week by local authorities to combat what they called the spread of “violent traits” in kids playing PUBG and “Momo challenge,” a so-called suicide game. The detained teenagers were taken into custody but later released with a warning, said Manoj Agrawal, police commissioner of Rajkot city in Gujarat. Fortnite and PUBG, each backed by Chinese internet giant Tencent, are credited with helping take videogames to new audiences.

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