PUBG Now Banned in Nepal Over Addiction and Violence Concerns

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds or better known as PUBG is now banned in Nepal. Authorities in the country are worried about the fact that kids and teenagers are getting addicted to the game.

Nepal’s Metropolitan Crime Division told Nepal Telecommunication Authority to issue an order to all ISPs and mobile service providers to ban the game.

It was done due to the suggestions of psychiatrists who said that the game’s violent content is causing “negative effect on the behavior and study of children and youths.”

Metropolitan Crime Division chief Dhiraj Pratap Singh said:

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, said Metropolitan Crime Division chief Dhiraj Pratap Singh.

Parents and schools had complained that the game was affecting their children’s studies and making them more aggressive. When we consulted with psychiatrists, they also said that the violence in the game can make people aggressive in real life.

Singh continued to say that the game has been a cause of incidents in other countries as well. Keeping that in mind, they decided to ban the game before something unfortunate happened.

Police says that they will be arresting everyone who’s found playing the game after the ban. Internet service providers who don’t ban the game will also face strict actions.

Despite the popularity, Tencent’s PUBG doesn’t seem to be treated as a well-respected game like Fortnite or Apex Legends. Nepal is not the first country to ban the game and call it an addiction. The game has been more than once banned in India over the same issues.

As we reported a few weeks ago, the battle royale game was banned in India for turning kids into psychopaths which is nothing less than a nightmare for BlueHole. More than 16 people have been arrested for playing the game in India already.

However, in China, Tencent has been forced to implement strict rules and regulations, which is why the game has been banned in the country for anyone under 13-year-old. Luckily, the aforementioned countries can rest easy since PUBG Corporation doesn’t plan on making PUBG 2.

Until the situation gets any better, gamers in Nepal should avoid playing PUBG on mobile phones, PC or consoles like Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One.

Source:Kathmandu Post, Reuters.