Of late, popular online battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds popularly known as PUBG is facing legal trouble in different parts of the world and now Nepal happens to be the latest country to impose a nationwide ban on PUBG. This comes amid a looming ban on the mobile game in India.
PUBG will stop working on all major carriers in Nepal starting April 12. According to reports, Nepal’s telecom authority ordered the ban after concerns were raised citing growing aggression among the players and affecting studies among children. Public interest litigation was filed by Metropolitan Crime Division in Kathmandu District Court.
“We received a number of complaints from parents, schools and school associations regarding the effect of the game [PUBG and PUBG Mobile] on children,” report quoted Dhiraj Pratap Singh, the Metropolitan Crime Division chief.
Experts and psychiatrists were consulted before finalising the ban order. After the court granted permission to impose a nationwide ban on the game, Nepal Telecommunication Authority directed all major telecom operators as well as Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block PUBG servers on their network.
Nepal is certainly not the only country to have its fair share of troubles with PUBG. In fact, PUBG has faced similar issues across several parts of the world. In India, PUBG has consistently been on the radar. Of late, PUBG is surrounded by too much controversy India and for many reasons.
Addiction among those who play the game happens to be one of the main reasons why PUBG is facing a lot of trouble in India. Other than that, parents these days are often concerned about the growing aggression among PUBG players. Players are often reckless and violent, not only in terms of the gameplay but also outside of the game.
Last month, law enforcement authorities in Gujarat imposed PUBG ban in different parts across the state. Although Ahmedabad police later lifted PUBG ban, the message was loud and clear.
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.