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It is Now Illegal to Play PUBG in Nepal

  • Federal investigation authority ordered all PUBG streaming banned.
  • Child safety cited as reason for ban.
  • Zero reported incidents involving PUBG–ban was preemptive. 

 

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, otherwise known as PUBG, has been made illegal in Nepal as of last Thursday. In a communication with Reuters, the deputy director at Nepal Telecommunications Authority, Sandip Adhikari, said “We have ordered the ban on PUBG because it is addictive to children and teenagers.”

Upon request from the South Asian nation’s federal investigation authority, all internet service providers, mobile operators, and network service providers have blocked streaming of the game. Adhikari clarified that, as of today, there has not been a single reported incident linked to the game, but parents were worried their children would be distracted from schoolwork and chores.

Nepal is not the first to bring legal action against PUBG. Certain states in the neighboring country of India have also banned the game, and even arrested those who continued to play it. This approach to battle royales appears to be intercontinental as well, as even the Duke of Sussex has mentioned wanting to make Fortnite illegal. As in Nepal and India, Prince Harry cited the necessity of restricting certain games for the sake of the children. Which game will invoke the wrath of politicians next depends on which game becomes most popular next. Perhaps these campaigns of restriction will protect the youth from 360 No Scoping one another… after all, there’s nothing that turns kids off from something they like more than being told it’s against the rules.

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  1. Damn, how much Epic paid for this? =)

  2. If nothing else at least this censorship reveals which countries are authoritarian hellholes.

  3. Chungus Amungus on April 13, 2019 at 7:07 pm said

    “Perhaps these campaigns of restriction will protect the youth from 360 No Scoping one another…”

    ((My Sides))

  4. DazoftheDroid on April 13, 2019 at 7:24 pm said

    And yet, it seems they do nothing against the rampant drug misuse? Which is arguably the reason these places are in the state they are in, in the first place.

    It’s just the age old passing the buck off, on what is trendy at the time.

  5. BrigandBoy on April 13, 2019 at 7:30 pm said

    Hey guys, you know that thing you use to escape the horrible hellscape you live in? Yeah, that thing that makes your stressful, deadly, dirty, and miserable existence almost tolerable?

    Yeah… we’re gonna have to have you stop using that thing now because we’ve been told it’s actually more addicting than schoolwork and chores. Here are some nice police officers to explain how much better your life will be without any escapism.

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