It seems that Krafton’s Battlegrounds Mobile India aka PUBG community can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Chennai-based YouTuber and PUBG streamer Madan who goes by the handle Madan OP has been arrested for allegedly uploading obscene content on his YouTube channels. According to a report from the Indian Express, he was arrested by the cybercrime wing of the city police from a hideout in Dharmapuri. His wife was arrested from Salem days earlier.
Furthermore, the Tamil Nadu State Commission for Protection of Child Rights and the police have received multiple complaints about Madan’s YouTube channels, with the latter receiving close to 160 complaints while investigating. As per reports, he has been booked under Sections 509, 294 (b) of the IPC, and other sections of the IT Act.
Madan’s channel was host to PUBG Mobile content aplenty though it gained a following for what’s being described as “obscene commentary on women during the gameplay.” His wife was an administrator of the channels — which have a total of 876,000 subscribers, most under the age of 18.
When PUBG Mobile was banned in India, Madan, like most Indian PUBG Mobile content creators, used a VPN to access the game and create his videos.
IGN India has reached out to YouTube for comment on its rules regarding uploads and how such videos were able to stay up for so long, as well as permitting PUBG Mobile streams considering that the game is banned here. We will update the story if we hear from the company.
This isn’t the first time PUBG Mobile streamers have been under the spotlight for the wrong reasons. Following calls for a ban on Battlegrounds Mobile — Krafton’s India avatar of PUBG Mobile, YouTubers resorted to racist comments. At the time, Krafton refused to condemn this behaviour and it’s unlikely it would say a word about this.
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