PUBG, also known as PlayerUnknown’sBattleGround, is a notable survival game which seems to rival Fornite and Apex Legends neck to neck. Apart from its gameplay and features, PUBG has been in the news as it’s dragged into controversy for affecting “children’s mental health.” After witnessing a week-long ban in India’s Gujarat state, arresting people who were spotted playing PUBG, another nation has taken the mantle forward to debar the Tencent-made game.
Reuters reports that Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has ordered ISPs, mobile providers and network service providers to prohibit PUBG after the Nepal Metropolitan Crime Division filed a Public Interest Litigation with the Kathmandu District Court on Wednesday. The PIL was filed after parents of some children complained that PUBG was affecting their studies and making them hostile.
Metropolitan Crime Division chief Dhiraj Pratap Singh told the Kathmandu Post. “We received a number of complaints from parents, schools and school associations regarding the effect of the game on children. We also held discussions with psychiatrists before requesting the Kathmandu District Court for permission to ban the game. Parents and schools had complained that the game was affecting their children’s studies and making them more aggressive,” he said. “When we consulted with psychiatrists, they also said that the violence in the game can make people aggressive in real life.”
When PUBG was banned in Gujarat, 20 people were taken under custody but were soon released on bail. It was also reported that Tencent is tasting a time-limit on playing PUBG to combat the ban but it isn’t official yet.