As mobile games continue to thrive, the popular Battle Royale game PUBG took the gaming world by storm last year. It received unprecedented success shortly after PUBG Corp teamed up with Tencent to launch the smartphone version called PUBG Mobile. The fact that users could get almost full-fledged action games on their smartphone along with the option to play with their friends and competing with players from across the globe game the game considerable advantage. The game developers also released a “Lite” version of the game for users who own smartphones with less powerful internals.
Other factors that pulled PUBG to the mainstream especially in India was the increasing affordability of more powerful devices, increased the availability of 4G and the cheaper cost of 4G data. All these factors made it easier for players to get on PUBG. However, all the attention towards PUBG did not come without its share of problems. Soon after the launch of the game, reports started rolling out about players being addicted to PUBG Mobile and skipping food, sleep, and school in some instances.
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The problem or rather the menace of the game grew so much that governments and rather law authorities had to step in and ban the game. The reason authorities had to step in to ban the game is because of the increasing number of reports blaming PUBG for negligence, falling results of students and even violence in some cases.
According to previous reports, PUBG was banned in certain parts of Gujarat including Rajkot, Surat, Gir Somnath, Ahmedabad, and Bhavnagar in India. In addition to that, the government also sent out a circular to schools to ban the game. However, High Court noted that schools already prohibited the use on mobile phones in schools making the need of banning the mobile game redundant. As previously reported, the ban was rolled back in some places including Ahmedabad after 2-3 week bank. In the meantime, more reports surfaced where some people showcased violent behavior including alleged suicide, attacking family members and stealing money. Some reports also revealed that police arresting students in some areas for playing the game.
As previously reported, Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) in Tamil Nadu also issued a ban on the game in the University. The ban seems to focus on the hostel area where the warden issues a circular regarding the ban.
Taking a look at the past ban in India, a recent report indicated that Nepal has issued a complete ban on the game in the country. The company also revealed that it was ready to arrest players now that PUBG was completely banned.
In addition to this, the game is already banned in China for everyone below the age of 13 years. We are not sure if more countries are planning to ban PUBG Mobile but parents across many countries have started calling out for a ban on the game.
After China and Nepal, now PUBG has also been banned in Iraq. PUBG ban was taken up at the Iraqi Parliament where a draft law stated that PUBG is having a corrupting influence on the minds people. Soon after the draft was submitted on Saturday, it has now been passed and the game has now been banned in the country. A report on Reuters said that the ban has been “due to the negative effects caused by some electronic games on the health, culture, and security of Iraqi society, including societal and moral threats to children and youth.”
The government of Jordan has cited the “negative effects” of PUBG on the kingdom’s citizens. The game was extremely popular in the country and institutions have issued warnings to employees not to play it.
This move from the government has disappointed Jordanian gamers. A gamer from Jordan took to Reddit to express the disappointment. The person wrote, “This sort of hit me hard, on many levels. I realized that even though Jordan has probably a bit more freedom than most other countries in the middle east; the government still had the power to enforce an arbitrary decision as stupid as banning a video game; and there’s absolutely nothing that I, nor the many thousands of Jordanians who play PUBG, can do about it.”