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PUBG forced to respond after outrage, introduces this critical feature to combat criticism

In India, parents have complained about the massive influence the game has been having on youngsters which is also leading to extremely violent behavior.

For the negativity surrounding PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds aka PUBG, the company was forced to issue a statement last month promising to make a better and friendly gaming experience. It has now attempted to walk the talk by introducing a new feature to curb gaming addiction among minors.

The developer of the eSport, Tencent has rolled out a ‘digital lock’ facility in PUBG in order to trim down the gaming addiction and restrain the rampant cyberbullying. This feature is basically a parent control feature where the users if aged less than 13, would require the parents to unlock the game in order to gain access.

As of now, this new feature will be rolled out in the Chinese version of the app and also in ‘Honour of Kings’, which is another game designed by the same developers. This feature comes after the Chinese government came down hard on the ever-increasing gaming addiction filtering through to the youth of the country. The government had also announced several controls on a number of online games and clamped down on users below a certain age limit.

In India, parents have complained about the massive influence the game has been having on youngsters which is also leading to extremely violent behavior. As a result, several government organisations had sent a notice to schools in their states to impose a blanket ban the game.

In this regard, the Delhi Commission For Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) has also issued an advisory which clearly states the harmful effects of the game which can have a detrimental impact on children. Also, this game has been banned from Gujarat after several parents lodged a complaint about the same.

PUBG was forced to take note of the growing unrest and they issued a statement promising a safer ecosystem: “To foster a healthy and balanced in-game environment, we are developing numerous new features and enhancements which enables us to provide an environment for players to enjoy PUBG Mobile in a rewarding and responsible manner. We are honoured to have a passionate community of PUBG Mobile players in India and globally and continue to welcome their feedback to make PUBG Mobile the best game ever!”, the statement read.

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