Nepal Police states it will arrest anyone who is found playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, commonly known as PUBG after district court allowed to implement the ban on the game on Wednesday. Following this decision, the Nepal Telecommunication Authority directed all ISPs and mobile service providers of Nepal to ban the game.
All of this started when the Metropolitan Crime Division filed a Public Interest Litigation at the Kathmandu District Court, seeking permission to ban PUBG, on Wednesday. Division stated in its litigation that the game put negative effects on the behavior and study of children and youths. Thus, the district court permitted to ban PUBG on the same day.
Senior Superintendent of Police Dhiraj Pratap Singh, chief of the Metropolitan Crime Division said, “We received a number of complaints from parents, schools and school associations regarding the effect of the game on children and also held discussions with psychiatrists before requesting the Kathmandu District Court for permission to ban the game.”
So, after the court gave the required permission to the division, it then sent a letter to the National Telecommunication Authority requesting it to ban PUBG. The Acting Chairman of the Nepal Telecommunication Authority said, “Based on a letter from the criminal division, we have ordered all internet and mobile service providers to ban the game.”
Inside of the PUBG, a maximum of 100 players drop on an island and fight to be the last one to stand. Players are able to search for arms and other tools on the island in order to compete. Similarly, players can chat with each other and on mobile phones within the game. The game offers a collaborative platform where players can perform social interaction methods to strategize and win it.
But the game has become an addiction to many. Singh also told, “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.”
The letter from the division to the authority read, “PUBG should be banned at the earliest in order to reduce its negative impact on the people playing it.” It also read, “Many other countries have also banned the game citing increasing aggressiveness in students. The game should be banned by Nepal as well in order to mitigate its effect on the mental health of the people of our country.”
China had put a ban on PUBG in October 2017. Similarly, the game gave rise to suicide cases and accidents in India. Players not being able to concentrate on their studies as well as maintain social life was too obvious. But the ban has been irregular in cities of India.
Singh said, “There have been many shocking incidents due to the game in other countries. We have decided to ban the game before anything unfortunate occurs in Nepal.”
Nepal police have said that it will arrest anyone who is found playing the game after the ban. Singh also told, “The internet or mobile service provider will also face action if they do not implement the ban.”
On the side of the game lover, this decision has not gone down well with people who take it as a way of refreshment rather than being addicted to it.
Tell us what you think about the ban on PUBG in Nepal. Do you think it is the right way to avoid the bad consequences of the game? And for the PUBG lovers reading this article, will you use alternatives like Virtual Private Network, just in order to play the game?