PUBG has been fighting bans in multiple countries now with Nepal banning it, and UAE and Iraq looking to do the same. Parents and others in India have asked for a ban on the game as well to which the authorities in the state of Gujarat acted upon. A ban was imposed on the popular battle royale game PUBG Mobile in India after claims of negative effects on underage persons, which has since been taken off. Now the Bombay High Court has tasked the Union government to look into the matter and take necessary action.
According to reports by the PTI, the Bombay High Court has directed the union government to do an assessment of the contents of PUBG, and take a decision based on its findings. The government is even deputed to ban the game if needed. This action was spurred by the incident of the 11-year-old boy from Mumbai who moved court, seeking a ban of the game with a PIL.
PUBG is under the scanner at the Iraqi Parliament as well, where a draft law was submitted stating that PUBG is having a corrupting influence on the minds people. The parliamentary committee submitted the draft on Saturday asking for a ban of the game. Sameaa Gullab who is the head of the committee said at a press conference in Baghdad later, “The committee is concerned about the obsession over these electronic games that ignite violence among children and youth. Its influence has spread rapidly among Iraq’s society.”
The game has been banned in Nepal by it’s federal investigation agency, and the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has ordered ISPs, mobile providers and network service providers to block PUBG. There were clear cut reason given for this move, but a statement much like the one we have seen in India was provided by the NTA’s deputy director who told Reuters that parents were worried their their children were being distracted from their studies and day to day lives.
In India it was banned by the Police Commissioner Manoj Agrawal on March 6 who released a notification that read, “It has come to our notice from various media that PUBG game, MOMO challenge is leading to a violent attitude among youth. The game is also having an impact on studies as well as behavior, conduct and language of children and youth… Keeping in mind public safety security and to maintain law and order, I hereby impose a ban on playing PUBG game.”
Recently Khaleej Times of the UAE reported that parents are demanding a ban on the game citing reasons that it makes students aggressive and is in general a ‘bad influence on youth’. The report quotes a parent saying, “PUBG should surely be banned as it has a negative effect on the children’s mind. It makes them very aggressive. Kids have taken this game so seriously that nothing else seems to matter to them — not even studying. They care only about winning in this game.” The parent added, “With the recent New Zealand mosque attack, it didn’t surprise me when I read the response of the attacker and how games like Spyro Dragon and Fortnite trained him to be a killer.” There are time limiting sanctions on PUBG in its home country of China as well.
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But, to lay to rest any concerns that parents might have, studies have found that video games don’t have any effect on people’s tendencies towards violence. There have been numerous studies that have come to this conclusion, and the most recent one took place in the Oxford University where the researchers claimed that their findings were opposed to the popular belief.