April 12, 2019
PlayerUnknown’s Battleground, popularly known as PUBG has been banned in Nepal. Nepal Telecommunication Authority (NTA) has directed all the internet service providers, mobile operators and network service providers in Nepal to block the streaming of PUBG from yesterday.
The ban has come after the recommendation of Metropolitan Police Crime Division (MPCD), Teku, which received multiple complaints from parents and schools.
According to complaints, the game was addictive and hampering the children’s mental health leading to aggression. According to MPCD, they have received complaints from eight schools and 25 individual parents in the past month.
According to The Himalayan Times, MPCD Chief Senior Superintendent of Police Dhiraj Pratap Singh said, “Following the complaints, we carried out a study on the ill effects of the game and ban imposed in some Indian states. We took approval from Kathmandu District Court before recommending that the NTA ban the game.”
Experts are of the view that the ban will not stop and solve the problem where there are alternatives to stream the game easily available in the internet.
It is a debatable topic that whether video games are responsible for behavior change and aggression in youths, where there have been arguments from both sides.