Tencent’s popular battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is under fire in India after reportedly causing deaths in multiple instances. Some Indian cities have banned the game for a certain period, and several people are asking the government to outlaw it. In a corrective step, the makers seem to be testing a 6-hour per day restriction on mobile.
As spotted by SportsKeeda, the app is sending a health reminder to players after 6-hours, on the mobile version. If the player logs in again they’re served with a message saying that “You’ve played the game for 6 hours today,” and asks them to come back at 5:30 am the next day.
— Kapil (@Kapil99sh) March 22, 2019
Health remainder on @PUBGMOBILE . One of my friend played it for 6 hours it seems an . #PUBG To the next level. @Im_Rahul16 Take care of your health daww.. 🤣😂 ¼ part of day well spent with @PUBG pic.twitter.com/6nOUTrvglh
— Srihari Lakshminarasimhan (@Srihari_lsr) March 21, 2019
The game also asks users if they’re over 18 or not, indicating it might have a lower-restriction limit for users under 18. There’s no official announcement as of now, we’ve reached out to PUBG and will update the story accordingly.
If the update is rolled out, it might irk some users, but it’ll help the company fight off requests to ban the game outright.
You won’t be able to play PUBG MOBILE more than six hours: Thanks to new Health Reminder feature (Indiatoday)
In the wake of facing ban in some districts of Gujarat, PUBG MOBILE has introduced a new Health Reminder feature to limit players from playing more than two hours at a stretch. The feature has only been introduced in India for now.
PUBG has been through a lot of controversies recently. Framed for being too addictive for youngsters and spoiling their academics, the game was banned by the district administration in a few districts of Gujarat as well as the Vellore Institute of Technology. The PUBG MOBILE team reached out to players as well as administrations across the country, assuring that it will work out a way to ensure a healthy playing environment with the game. And it looks like they have already taken the first step in that direction.
On the occasion of Holi, many PUBG MOBILE players have reported a playtime restriction in the game. Many media reports have also said stated that PUBG MOBILE is throwing up reminder in-game while playing for more than two hours. It is said that PUBG MOBILE is throwing up a reminder after two hours of continuous gameplay. Once ignored, the game will again throw up another reminder to take a break from the game.
If ignored once again, then PUBG MOBILE will throw up a ‘Health Reminder,’ blocking the player for a limited period of time. Players are reporting that the game doesn’t allow playing the game for at least 15 minutes after the third reminder is thrown up. So far, only players in India are reporting about the playtime limiter and nobody has reported it from outside India.
Although the PUBG MOBILE team hasn’t given out an official statement so far, it seems that the development team has acted quickly to save the game from getting banned further in more places. PUBBG has so far been banned in Gujarat schools. The district administration of Rajkot also issued an official ban on the game and police made a few arrests after it caught 10 youngsters playing PUBG in public place.
PUBG MOBILE is a free-to-play game and is available on Android and iOS devices. The game was launched almost a year ago and quickly caught attention amongst mobile gamers. PUBG MOBILE breathed back life into the mobile gaming industry with its console-level graphics as well as gameplay. Also, unlike other games on the mobile platform, PUBG MOBILE was optimised to run even on a low-end smartphone, thereby increasing its reach. The game’s popularity went up to the extent that it got its own eSports events.
The playtime limiter is a step towards the right direction for ensuring a healthy gameplay experience. It could also work in a way to prevent the game from getting banned in more places across the country.