We all know video games can be addictive but that’s hardly a good reason to make them illegal, right? After all, alcohol and tobacco are legal in most countries and very few people seem to mind. Games like PUBG, however, are apparently considered worse in some countries. The popular Battle Royale was recently banned in Nepal on the grounds that it was having a negative impact on young people.
Sandip Adhikari, deputy director at Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA), told Reuters that “we have ordered the ban on PUBG because it is addictive to children and teenagers.”
Meanwhile, another official told The Kathmandu Post that, “we received a number of complaints from parents, schools and school associations regarding the effect of the game on children.”
These complaints eventually turned into a litigation letter that prompted the NTA to outright ban PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in the country. The NTA instructed ISPs to block access to the game so it’s no longer possible to play PUBG at the moment. Well, not legally at least.
Playing PUBG in Nepal Might Still be Possible But At a Pretty Steep Cost
Gamers who know their way around VPN services can likely circumvent the block and still play the game, however, that wouldn’t be a very wise move. Given that the game is now illegal, playing PUBG in Nepal can actually land you in jail. No joke.
The police stated that anyone found playing the game will be arrested. Moreover, the authorities also plan to take legal action against mobile and internet service providers that refuse to block access to PUBG.
According to Rock, Paper, Shotgun, it would appear that most of the complaints seemed to actually have been directed at PUBG mobile. In spite of that little detail, the authorities also swiftly banned the desktop version of the game.
Worried about the future of PUBG in your country? Now might be a good time to transition to another Battle Royale game like Apex Legends or Fortnite. Better yet, stay ahead of the curve by checking out these new and upcoming Battle Royale games coming in 2019.