While India banned 59 Chinese apps it spared the popular mobile game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds aka PUBG. However, its notorious neighbor and surprisingly China’s all-weather friend Pakistan has banned the game. As per reports from Times Now the Islamic Republic nation took the decision for the children’s benefit. The ban is temporary as of now.
PTA has received numerous complaints against PUBG wherein it is stated that the game is addictive, wastage of time and poses serious negative impact on physical and psychological health of the children. pic.twitter.com/GDJqTeuTaf— PTA (@PTAofficialpk) July 1, 2020
The countries authorities have banned the popular game because of its addictive nature and adverse health effects on children’s physical and psychological health. This is something which has been talked in India as well where demands to ban the game were backed by similar concerns. However, India avoided this action even while scrapping the 59 Chinese apps.
According to media reports, cases of suicide attributed to PUBG game have been reported. Honorable Lahore High court has also directed PTA to look into the issue and decide the matter after hearing the complainants. In this regard, a hearing is being conducted on 9th of July 2020— PTA (@PTAofficialpk) July 1, 2020
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) made the decision official through its tweet. “In view of complaints received from different segments of society, PTA has decided to temporarily suspend the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) game“, read PTA’s tweet. The agency is meanwhile gathering feedback from the public by July 10 on whether the game should remain temporarily suspended or restored for players in Pakistan. The ban comes at a time when PUBG had recently released the ‘Gameplay Management System’ in a bid to promote healthy gaming behaviors and remind players to take a break.
Soon after the decision of banning #UNBANPUBG started trending in Pakistan. Here is how the people reacted:
It's unfair to ban pubg and it's a job for many youngsters as they are earning from Youtube and other social networks and is also source of income and revenue for the country through international apps like YouTube which is benefiting Pakistan…#unbanpubginpakistan #UNBANPUBG— BiLal Ahmad (@BiLalAh13415838) July 3, 2020