Guwahati: The most popular global game Player Unknown's Battlegrounds, known also as PUBG, has been banned by the Pakistani Government after receiving complaints over its "addictive: nature and the fact that it is detrimental to a player's health.
"PTA has received numerous complaints against PUBG wherein it is stated that the game is addictive, wastage of time and poses a serious negative impact on the physical and psychological health of the children," Pakistan's Telecommunication Authority stated in a Twitter post.
Press Release: In view of complaints received from different segments of society, PTA has decided to temporarily suspend the PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) game. pic.twitter.com/ZUea4G277k— PTA (@PTAofficialpk) July 1, 2020
Reportedly, this was also pushed by PTA due to certain media reports which attributed cases of suicide to PUBG. "Honorable Lahore High court has also directed PTA to look into the issue and decide the matter after hearing the complainants. In this regard, a hearing is being conducted on the 9th of July 2020," PTA further added.
On June 24, a 16-year old boy had committed suicide in Hanjarwal area by hanging himself from a ceiling fan of his house, dawn.com had reported. The police also stated that the boy named Mohammad Zakarya took the step for not being able to complete his task while playing the battle royale game.
"We found his mobile phone on the bed with the PUBG game on at that time near his body. We immediately called the Punjab Forensic Science Agency for further investigation into the incident," dawn.com quoted Saddar Division SP Operations, Ghazanfar Syed, as saying. There also a few reports that have linked the online game with serious addiction and in some cases, suicide in India.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) is an online multiplayer battle royale game developed and published by PUBG Corporation, a subsidiary of South Korean video game company Bluehole. The game is based on previous mods that were created by Brendan "PlayerUnknown" Greene for other games, inspired by the 2000 Japanese film Battle Royale, and expanded into a standalone game under Greene's creative direction.