There was a hoax news running that the Maharashtra high court has banned PUBG. This had created a lot of ruckus amongst fans of the game. The incident had worried gamers to a great extent and the concern was ubiquitous considering the enormity of PUBG players worldwide.
However, the fact that this was fake news became apparent because according to it some judge named K. Srinivasulu had signed the order as a ‘prejudge’ which does not exist in the Indian Judicial System. Plus, there are no judges by that name in any court either.
Another strong reason to treat this as a fake news is that Esports organisers have not received any notice from Tencent Games (developers of PUBG) regarding the ban of the game. In fact, they are planning new events around the game in the coming months.
PUBG has already seen its highest increase of concurrent player count which became 3 million. The game in recent times however, experienced a decrease in its concurrent player count due its cut throat competition with Fortnite and Call of Duty: Blackops. Therefore, it tried to recuperate by introducing new features in the game such as Sanhok earlier this year and Vikendi map which was released this month only.
PUBG is a widely played game which was earlier available in PS4, Xbox One and the PC but its fame and players escalated hugely for none other than its mobile users. Once the game was introduced on the mobile platform, it became a sensation and it still continues to be so. There is also a multi-player element, which allows users to battle with their friends and this makes it all the more attractive.
Therefore, it is not surprising that players would make fuss once they believed the news about the ban to be true. Lately there have been a lot of rumours and fake news doing the rounds through Whatsapp messages. The government has strongly urged people to be cautious and think twice before sharing any news on social media, especially Whatsapp. No sooner has there been an intention to counter the spread of fake news that we suffer another one. Whatsapp has also sent out advisory’s in social media and news papers to be careful of fake news.
We are sure PUBG Players must have hardly been hit by it, since the rumours about the game’s ban turned out to be a hoax very early.