Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds mobile edition (better known as PUBG Mobile) has faced some major issues in India recently. In some cities, the game is banned outright, and last week 16 students were arrested for violating one of those bans.
The bans are due to accusations that the game is addictive and has a negative impact on players’ behavior.
To help fight this, it appears PUBG Mobile’s developers are pushing a new daily limit for playtime in India. The 6-hour limit was first spotted by SportsKeeda with PUBG Mobile players rushing to Twitter with screenshots of the new in-game limit.
One example tweet is below:
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
After six hours of play, PUBG Mobile will log the player out automatically. If the player logs in again, a warning will pop up telling the player to come back at 5:30 AM to begin playing again.
The game also has an age verification request now, which asks players if they are over the age of 18. It’s possible there are different rules and/or limits coming down the pipeline for those who are under 18 as compared to those who are over 18.
PUBG Mobile’s official channels — as well as the owner of the game, Tencent — have made no announcements about the 6-hour limit, nor about the age verification.
While many players might be irked by these new policies, it’s still better than the game being banned outright and having to risk arrest just to play it.