Of late, demand for PUBG ban is getting louder. After India, now parents in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are reportedly asking to impose a ban on the mobile game in their country due to “bad influence on youth” and the game’s “violent content and addictive nature.” As a result, PUBG ban controversy can now be termed never ending.
“PUBG should surely be banned as it has a negative effect on the children's mind. It makes them very aggressive. Kids have taken this game so seriously that nothing else seems to matter to them - not even studying. They care only about winning in this game,” Khaleej Times quoted Gulnaz Arif Moula, a parent in Dubai.
Another parent raised concerns over the kind of psychological effect games such as PUBG and Fortnite have on kids and adults.
"With the recent New Zealand mosque attack, it didn't surprise me when I read the response of the attacker and how games like Spyro Dragon and Fortnite trained him to be a killer.”
Some parents also raised concerns over children spending most of their time playing PUBG.
"They can no longer concentrate on schoolwork. They're fully occupied with these addictive games and they are always on their laptops or iPads - no more outdoor activities."
Over the last few weeks, there has been a growing animosity against PUBG Mobile in India.
Recently, a 16-year old boy’s suicide in India after his mother scolded him for playing the popular online game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) has sparked a nationwide debate whether the online multiplayer game should be banned. The boy’s father reportedly demanded a ban on PUBG Mobile in India.
PUBG is a survival battle game developed by a South Korean company in which players have to be the last man standing and eliminate each other. Since its launch in 2017, the game has garnered a huge global following.
A few cities in the central Indian state of Gujarat have already banned the game and two dozen youngsters were arrested.