Warning: You’ve been playing PUBG for far too long

Warning: You’ve been playing PUBG for far too long

  • The Chinese battle royal game, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) has introduced a new feature to help players manage their time playing the game.
  • This new measure should appease the many politicians, parents and teachers advocating that PUBG should be banned for underage children.
  • While time limits have not been specified, the mobile game will alert users when they’ve been playing for too long by asking them to either leave the game or take a break.
Time flies by when you’re engrossed, especially when it’s in a game like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). In fact, a little too much time according to a few governments around the world who tried to ban the Chinese battle royale game.

To appease the many worried politicians, teachers and parents around the world, PUBG’s newest mobile update introduces a new feature — the Game Management System.

The system is simple. If you’re under the age of 18, the system will send pop-ups your way if you’ve been playing the game for too long — how long exactly hasn’t been specified by the Tencent team. With each pop-up, you’ll have two options — either rest or stop altogether.
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It’s far from full-proof and functions more like spam than anything else but it’s a step in the right direction nonetheless.

As PUBG mobile grows into one of the world's most trending mobile games, it is devoted to providing a better gaming environment and being proactive in building a balanced and sustainable online gaming ecosystem.

Statement by Vincent Wang, Tencent executive


Be careful or you might turn into a ‘psychopath’

PUBG couldn’t clear the market to launch in China.

And, Nepal tried banning the mobile game only to repeal it on account of restricting civil liberties.

In India, there were reports of a man leaving his pregnant wife to order to play more PUBG and a teen dying in the southern state of Telangana while playing the game.

PUBG isn’t just gaming phenomenon in India but a cultural one, where players are seen using the game a theme for their wedding photoshoots.

After Navbharat Times, a leading Indian newspaper, published an editorial that called out PUBG for creating ‘psychopaths’ and being an ‘epidemic’, a few cities in the Indian state of Gujarat issued directives to outlaw the game in their regions.

As as result students were actually arrested off the streets if they were caught playing PUBG.

Critics of the ban came out to say that being addicted to PUBG is only symptomatic greater, underlying health issues — banning the game wouldn’t fix that.

The introduction of a system that will help users management the amount of time that they can spend playing PUBG should help mellow the outcry to ban the game in many markets.

The system will soon launch worldwide. As of now, the mobile update is only live in India, Indonesia, Nepal, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.

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