PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds are once again making headlines and this time, it’s for being banned in Nepal.
The Nepal Telecommunication Authority has now ordered every internet service provider and mobile operators to outright ban the game. Users caught playing the game will also be arrested.
Nepal’s reason for banning the game is based on the usual beliefs placed on violent games, which are that it causes addiction, aggression and promotes violence. Even though there are studies that disprove the link between video games and violence, that still isn’t enough of a reason for Nepal to not ban the game.
Nepal’s Metropolitan Crime Division pushed for the ban by filing a Public Interest Litigation at the Kathmandu District Court. The District court then gave permission to ban PUBG on the same day! Talk about instant justice.
Officials from the Crime Division were said to have consulted with psychiatrists who believe in the aggression theory and were therefore backed by professionals.
“We received a number of complaints from parents, schools and school associations regarding the effect of the game on children,” Senior Superintendent of Police Dhiraj Pratap Singh, chief of the Metropolitan Crime Division, told the Kathmandu Post. “We also held discussions with psychiatrists before requesting the Kathmandu District Court for permission to ban the game”.
Nepal’s ban on PUBG might lead to other first-person shooting games to be banned in the near future. A piece of terrible news for Nepalis gamers.
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