Bangladesh Police have arrested 108 PUBG Mobile esports players in the Chuadanga district for participating in a LAN event today. During the PUBG Mobile Chuadanga League (PMCL), the players were arrested at a community center near Daulatdiar downtown on Wednesday morning. Charged with online gambling, the mobile court has sent 24 players to jail. Besides, the organizers didn’t take permission from the local authorities as well.
In 2021, Bangladesh High Court banned PUBG Mobile, Free Fire along with some other apps as the court quoted those as “destructive”. Several debates took place over the issue. However, there’s still no sign of withdrawing the decision.
Bangladesh Police charged the organizers of the PUBG Mobile LAN event with online gambling
As the government of Bangladesh has clearly said that any sort of gambling is prohibited, the players were charged with the offense. Reportedly, 24 of them are already sent to jail with a sentence of two days of imprisonment. Other 78 are under consideration because of not being an adult. However, there’s no information about the fate of the organizers.
The officer in Charge of Cuadanga Thana said that most of the players are students from different schools and colleges. Upon receiving an invitation to the event, they traveled from several places to gather at the event in Chuadanga.
A total of 19 teams were participating in the tournament including some popular Bangladeshi teams like A1 Esports, TRZ, and INES. All the teams were scheduled to play 7 matches in this one-day event. Police raided the event place just after the first match. Different Esports communities of Bangladesh has shown mixed reaction to the incident. However, what has happened will leave a dark spot in the Esports fabric of Bangladesh.
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