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PUBG Apologises to Indian Users After they Faced Inconvenience while Playing

"You've played the game for six hours today. Please come back at 2019-03-23 05:30:00," a Twitter user on Friday posted a screenshot of the health alert that popped up on the game screen

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The undisclosed issue, which appears to have affected users only in India, not only shut the game down but also specified when should the user come back and play it again. Pixabay

Some PlayersUnknown Battleground (PUBG) players in India were in for a shock when they received health reminder pop-ups on their screens, barring them from playing the popular game. The company on Saturday said it had fixed the undisclosed issue.

The undisclosed issue, which appears to have affected users only in India, not only shut the game down but also specified when should the user come back and play it again.

“You’ve played the game for six hours today. Please come back at 2019-03-23 05:30:00,” a Twitter user on Friday posted a screenshot of the health alert that popped up on the game screen.

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Some players claimed to have received the reminder within an hour and a half of playing the game. Wikimedia

Some players claimed to have received the reminder within an hour and a half of playing the game.

Later, PUBG Mobile India took to Twitter to reply to the baffled gamers. “We’re aware of the ‘Healthy Gaming System’ issue that many of you are currently facing and we sincerely apologise for the inconvenience this has caused! Our development team is working to resolve the issue as soon as possible,” tweeted PUBG Mobile India.

The company on Saturday informed the users the undisclosed issue has been taken care of.

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The users on various social media platforms speculated that either this could be a test feature from the game developers themselves or caused by a software bug or hackers. Pixabay

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“The ‘Healthy Gameplay System’ error has also been fixed, and you should be able to play uninterrupted. We deeply apologise for the inconvenience,” the company tweeted.

The reason that caused the issue still remained unclear.

The users on various social media platforms speculated that either this could be a test feature from the game developers themselves or caused by a software bug or hackers. (IANS)

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There Is No Stopping To PUBG, The Gaming Addiction Among Youth

Micro-blogging site Twitter recently revealed that it recorded one billion tweets on games with role-playing mobile game "Fate/Grand Order" topping the charts, closely followed by Fortnite and PUBG.

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“Ye PUBG wala hai kya?” Prime Minister Narendra Modi  mother who raised concerns about her son being too involved into online games during the “Pariksha pe Charcha 2.0” event here on Tuesday.

The ground reality is that online, multi-player games have taken over the millenials big time in India, sending the earlier individual mobile games like Candy Crush and Temple Run almost into oblivion.

Youngsters in smaller towns and cities can now be seen playing two such battlefield Internet games — PlayersUnknown Battleground (PUBG) and Fortnite — as smartphone penetration increases in leap and bound (there are nearly 430 million smartphone users in India now).

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These “survival of the fittest” games where mobile users fight each other in real-time using virtual warfare techniques, have eclipsed single-player mobile games, say industry experts.

According to a report by the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) and Kantar IMRB in association with POKKT, a smartphone advertising platform for mobile games, the mobile gaming industry in India is projected to reach $943 million in 2022 driven by rising smartphone use and growing mobile app market.

“We also have post-millennials who are heavy on gaming and smartphone brands are responding to this by pushing devices with greater processing power than before, as a result of which, games like PUBG and Fortnite are here to stay,” Prabhu Ram, Head-Industry Intelligence Group (IIG), CMR told IANS.

According to the report, three out of four Indian gamers play mobile games at least twice a day, for an average of over 60 minutes, each day.

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A man plays with his mobile phone in front of a cellular provider’s advertisement with a Facebook logo in Jakarta, March 22, 2018. VOA

Mobile gaming is also prevalent in tier-2 and tier-3 cities, with similar amounts of time spent by the users, the report added.

According to Hemant Mehta, Managing Director, Kantar IMRB and Chief Strategy Officer, Kantar South Asia, the “consumers have taken to mobile gaming in a big way, yet it still remains a relatively untapped advertising channel in India”.

Since single-player mobile games were rendered monotonous at some point, players did not get aggressively hooked on to them as compared to the adrenaline-pumping, multi-player online games.

The New-Age games are regularly updated with newer features, allowing the gamers to experiment with creating their own avatars, styling their own looks, choosing their own weapons, reading maps, making strategies and more.

In a quest to experiment with newer career opportunities, young adults are also exploring gaming at a professional level today.
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“With the proliferation of smartphones, gaming as a concept has picked up in India and the market is also ready now for PC gaming,” Vickram Bedi, Senior Director-Personal Systems, HP Inc India, told IANS.

Micro-blogging site Twitter recently revealed that it recorded one billion tweets on games with role-playing mobile game “Fate/Grand Order” topping the charts, closely followed by Fortnite and PUBG.

With the kind of loyalty towards games in terms of increased user-base, reach and time invested that has been noted in recent years, it would not be wrong to say that from just being a mode of recreation, group mobile gaming has risen to become a new dimension of existence for the millenials in India, say experts.(IANS)