Nepal recently announced that the entire country is instituting a ban against the popular game, PlayerUnknown’s Battleground. It became the third country, including India and Iraq, to ban PUBG. Now, a Supreme Court has reversed the Nepalese government’s ban on the game.
The PUBG ban in Nepal came after it was requested by parents and schools as a measure to prevent addiction to the game, and to prevent children from being exposed to the game’s apparent violence.
Now, the ban on the game was lifted by Nepal’s Supreme Court. The court lifted the ban by citing the country’s constitution which guarantees freedom of expression. The court went on to require factual proof that PUBG causes addiction and incites violence to find a ban on the game reasonable.
Internet service providers are now required to unblock PUGB until such evidence is presented by the government of Nepal to the Supreme Court.
It has again and again been disproved that there’s a link between aggressive or even violent behaviour and playing video games that depict violence, so the ban on PUBG might not get the desired result the Nepalese government is hoping for.
The mobile game is particularly despised in India, with people even being arrested for playing it. The UK’s Prince Harry recently called for a Fortnite ban, claiming the game is addictive. The PUBG ban and other recent comments regarding gaming, has brought the debate of whether video games incite violence and promotes addictive behaviour to the forefront.
Iraq recently placed a ban on PUBG as well as fellow battle game, Fortnite, using the same kind of logic as Nepal and parts of India.
The game is available for iOS and Android devices and it is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. It was released back in 2017.
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