PUBG's 6 hours/day restriction a bug, company clarifies

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25 Mar 2019

#GamingBytes: PUBG usage restriction a bug, players can play uninterrupted

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) had recently garnered criticism from the Indian community after it reportedly put a 6 hours/day playing restriction, citing 'health risks'.

In a recent tweet, the company has clarified that the restriction and the health reminder were bugs, and have been fixed in the new update.

Players can now play the game uninterrupted.

Here's all you need to know.

Criticism

PUBG faced strong criticism in India owing to addiction cases

PUBG faced strong criticism in India owing to addiction cases

Due to its addictive nature, gamers spend long hours playing it.

A big chunk of its community consists of students and PUBG was reportedly hampering their studies. There were reports of deaths and addiction concerns as well.

Notably, it was banned in multiple districts of Gujarat.

Last week, PUBG had restricted players for six hours/day, which was thought as a feature by many.

Details

Players under 18 received PUBG's health reminder, age verification prompt

In several cases, players younger than 18 were getting health reminders and age verification prompts two-four hours before reaching the six-hour limit.

This was thought to be a measure to curb addiction.

Notably, there wasn't any official announcement from Tencent regarding this measure.

However, a recent tweet from PUBG Mobile India has clarified that the message was a system error and has been fixed.

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Clarification

We deeply apologize for the inconvenience, tweets PUBG Mobile India

We deeply apologize for the inconvenience, tweets PUBG Mobile India

Here's what the tweet said: "Dear Players, Basis feedback from the community, we have now changed the Birthday Crate. The Healthy Gameplay System error has also been fixed, and you should be able to play uninterrupted. Lastly, payment systems are back up and running. We deeply apologize for the inconvenience."

This comes as a relief to regular players who weren't appreciative of the ban.

Healthy Gameplay System error has also been fixed, company informs

Popularity

Despite negative reports, PUBG enjoys colossal popularity in India

PUBG has more than 400 million players and a substantial part of this community resides in India.

The game has gained immense popularity owing to increasing Internet penetration.

Its popularity, however, has led to incidents like arrests and in some cases, deaths.

The gaming community had been divided over the restriction, with some lauding it as the right step and others advocating interruption-free gameplay.

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Is PUBG banned in India?

Asked 2019-03-25 16:24:30 by Aaradhya Malik

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No. There were reports of the game getting banned but according to a recent tweet, it won't be banned in India.

Can I play PUBG for more than 6 hours?

Asked 2019-03-25 16:24:30 by Ananya Jayaraman

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Yes. The six-hour time limit was a bug and has been fixed now.

How many players play PUBG?

Asked 2019-03-25 16:24:30 by Dhruv Kadam

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PUBG has more than 400 million players and a huge chunk of it comes for India.

What are some of PUBG's controversies?

Asked 2019-03-25 16:24:30 by Pari Yadav

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PUBG is an addictive game and a lot of players spend hours on it. This has led to reports of addiction and in some cases, even deaths. It was banned in Gujarat and some players were arrested for playing the game.

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