PubG banned in Nepal

The Nepal Telecommunications Authority on Thursday ordered all Internet service providers and mobile service providers to ban the PlayerUnknown Battlefield, commonly known as PUBG, a popular multiplayer Internet game.

The Metropolitan Crime Division filed a Public Interest Litigation in the Kathmandu District Court on Wednesday, requesting permission to ban the PUBG. In its litigation, the division said that the game was having a negative effect on the behavior and study of children and youth. The district court gave permission to ban PUBG on the same day.

“We received several complaints from parents, schools and school associations about the effect of the game on children,” Senior Superintendent of Police Dhiraj Pratap Singh, head of the Metropolitan Crime Division, told the Kathmandu Post. “We also had conversations with psychiatrists before asking the Kathmandu District Court for permission to ban the game.”

After the court permission, the division then sent a letter to the National Telecommunication Authority requesting it to ban the game.

“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,” said Singh.

“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,” said Singh.

According to police, the arrest will be made in Nepal as well if anyone is found playing the game after the ban.

“The internet or mobile service provider will also face action if they do not implement the ban,” said Singh.

The decision to ban the game, however, has not gone down well with those who call it one of the most satisfying games. 

“When I reach home tired after my college, I play PUBG; it’s quite refreshing. I do not play it because I am addicted to it. I play the game because it’s very satisfying,” said Manzeela Mahat, a third year BA student at Ratna Rajyalaxmi Campus. 

Roshan Shrestha, a sixth semester BIT student at KIST College, described the authorities’ move to ban the game as “ridiculous”. 

Extracted from The Kathmandu Post

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