PUBG Mobile is now fighting bans in multiple countries. The recent news revealed that Nepal is banning the popular Battle Royale game while Iraq and UAE are looking to do the same. Indian parents have been continuously asking for the ban due to some disturbing incidents that took place in the country. The state authorities of Gujarat have also been strict towards the game. Recently, a ban was imposed on the PUBG Mobile in the country after news of negative effects on underage people. While the ban was taken off very quickly, Bombay High Court has again asked the Union government to look into the matter and immediately take necessary action.
The reports from PTI confirmed that Bombay High Court has directed the union government to asses the PUBG contents and take necessary actions on the findings. The court also cleared that the government will not hold back to ban the game if required. Recently, an 11-year old died due to PUBG Mobile addiction that spurred the action. Family members of the young boy urged Bombay High Court to ban the game with a PIL.
Not only India but other countries are also looking serious on imposing a ban on the battle royale game. The recent name is Iraq where the issue was raised in the Parliament that PUBG is leaving a corrupting influence on the people. Asking the government to ban the game, the parliamentary committee submitted the draft on Saturday.
“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 head of the committee, Sameaa Gullab said in a press conference.
The game was also banned in Nepal recently by their Federal Investigation Agency. To end all connections to the game, Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has ordered all the mobile providers, ISPs, and network providers to block PUBG from their network. The reason was somewhat similar to India where people were committing suicides due to the game. However, NTA officials stated that the ban took place due to the requests from parents who were concerned about the studies of their children.
In India, the game was banned by the Police Commissioner Manoj Agrawal on March 6 releasing 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.”
With different countries taking action against the game, UAE also seems concerned. The reports came from Khaleej Times stated that the game is aggressive in general and is a ‘bad influence on youth’.
A parent was quoted in the report, “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 further 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.”
Surprisingly, the home country of PUBG- China has also sanctioned time limits on the gameplay.
But, to spread it all out as concerns about studies and violence, there have been several studies that show that games do not have any effect towards violent tendencies of people. And we are not talking about small studies. The most recent study from Oxford University said that their findings from the studies opposed the popular belief of games affecting the human brain at those levels. In fact, games are responsible for making people sharp and creative.