Nepal on Thursday banned the popular mobile video game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), citing its violent content had a negative impact on children, a Nepal official said.
“We have ordered the ban on PUBG because it is addictive to children and teenagers,” Sandip Adhikari, deputy director at Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA), the nation’s telecoms regulator told Reuters. This ban on PUBG has come into effect from Thursday.
Following a request from the Himalayan nation’s federal investigation authority, the regulator directed all internet service providers, mobile operators, and network service providers to block streaming of the PUBG game from Thursday onwards, Adhikari said.
The authorities are referring to PUBG Mobile, Popular and widespread version of the game that was launched in early 2018. This game is developed and published by the PUBG Corporation, a subsidiary of Krafton Game Union. The mobile game was developed by Lightspeed and Quantum Studio and actually owned by Tencent Games.
Sandeep Adhikari also said that so far no cause of violence or any incident has not been reported due to PUBG in Nepal, but there is concern about this mobile game that children will be addicted and their attention on studies can defocus.
Significantly, there have been many incidents reported until now, including suicides due to the PUBG game in India. In Gujarat, the ban was imposed for almost a month and despite the ban, 16 people were arrested for playing PUBG, although they were later released. In India, too many organizations have demanded a ban on PUBG.
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