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​Nepal Bans 'PUBG' Across the Nation After Complaints From Parents

​Nepal Bans 'PUBG' Across the Nation After Complaints From Parents

Following a recent crackdown on social media and porn, Nepalese authorities have also banned internet and mobile service providers from letting people download PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. Apparently, the reason for this ban is to protect children and young people.

"We received a number of complaints from parents, schools and school associations regarding the effect of the game on children," senior superintendent of police Dhiraj Pratap Singh told the Kathmandu Post. "We also held discussions with psychiatrists before requesting the Kathmandu District Court for permission to ban the game."

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Nepal isn't the first place to ban PUBG, it was banned in Gujarat, India last month, though that ban was lifted. China banned the game in October 2017, though an altered version was released by Tencent.

"Parents and schools had complained that the game was affecting their children's studies and making them more aggressive. When we consulted with psychiatrists, they also said that the violence in the game can make people aggressive in real life," Singh added.

However, this wasn't backed up with published research.

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Featured Image Credit: PUBG Corporation

Topics: video games, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, PUBG, gamingbible

Julian Benson

Senior journalist at GAMINGbible. Former deputy editor of PCGamesN and news editor of Kotaku UK. Written for Eurogamer, PC Gamer, Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Wired, and GamesMaster. Author of 'Rags, Bones and Tea Leaves'. Contact: [email protected]

 

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