A few weeks back, certain Indian states like Gujarat banned popular multiplayer gaming title PUBG becoming the very first in the country to do so. Now, Nepal has followed suit with a total ban on the popular battle royale game. The ban has been in force since yesterday and is much harsher than the one in Indian states that lasted for just around a couple of weeks. Deputy director of Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) Sandip Adhikari, has said in a statement that orders have been issued to all ISPs, mobile operators, and network service providers to block the game.
Reasons for the complete ban are the same as cited by Indian government authorities that the game poses a risk to teens studies and careers because of its addictiveness and also has a lot of blood and gore that can prove harmful.
However, unlike India, there haven’t been any reports of violent incidents linked to PUBG. But chief of the Metropolitan Crime Division, Dhiraj Pratap Singh, said that there were a lot of complaints from parents, and schools regarding the effects of the game. Some very disturbing incidents have taken place recently related to PUBG addiction as a Mumbai teenager committed suicide because he was denied a new smartphone to play PUBG. Another incident in India saw a 16-year old commit suicide after he was scolded for failing exams and excessive PUBG play.