Nepal bans the popular Battle Royale Game PUBG

PUBG, the most controversial game in the world is back in the headlines. The reason for again re-surfacing as the top news is apparently the same aggressive and impulsive nature the game is believed to have. The game was banned in the state of Gujarat last month only because of a lot of complaints by parents. This time an entire nation has decided to ban and prohibit further play of the game in the country.

According to The Kathmandu Post, The Himalayan Times, and the Reuters, Nepal government will be willing to impose arrest on the players if found playing PUBG since the game is banned and playing it will be seen as a crime. Earlier, Gujarat arrested around ten college students for the same offense but the news came out that the students were released immediately on bail.

Metropolitan Crime Division chief Dhiraj Pratap Singh told the Kathmandu Post:


We received a number of complaints from the parents, schools and school associations regarding the effect of the game on children. We also held discussions with psychiatrists before requesting in Kathmandu District Court for permission 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.

Not only Nepal, but other countries like China and India also agree with the aggressive nature of the game and that it should be banned for the betterment of the teenagers who are getting more and more addicted to the game day-by-day. China has reportedly stopped approving new video games releases, which meant Tencent couldn’t monetize the title. India has also taken steps to ban the game in some cities of Gujarat but the ban was removed and there is no news on renewing that ban anytime soon.

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