In a response to incidents of violence and tragedy, Tencent Games has imposed a parental control to reduce the alleged “gaming addiction and cyber bullying” promoted by PUBG Mobile. The game developer has introduced a “parental lock” on some games that requires players under the age of 13 years to ask their guardians to open. Reportedly, this restriction will be piloted for the Chinese versions of PUBG Mobile.
Being the best selling and top rated mobile game of 2018, PUBG mobile has earned hearts of millions with the user base of 20 million daily active users. The gaming addiction for this particular game has made it to the headlines several times.
Earlier this year, the game was banned from primary schools in Gujarat as one 11-year old kid sought to ban the game in Maharashtra from the state government. The reportedly sent a letter saying it to be an open “appeal to forthwith ban online game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds [PUBG] as it promotes immoral conduct such as violence, murder, aggression, looting, gaming addiction and cyber bullying”.
He also threatened that if the game is not banned he “will be compelled to seek appropriate legal [civil and criminal] proceeding as per law; naturally at your cost and consequences.” In another incident, a 19-year old boy hung himself to death after his family refused to buy him a Rs 37,000 phone to play PUBG Mobile. The mobile version of the game has over 30 million daily active players.
The Digital Lock is still in the testing phase but no one knows when it will be launched in India. Hopefully, it won’t take a long time for the world wide launch of the said feature.