PUBG Ban in India, Nepal, and Pakistan: Tencent Loses Huge Revenue

PUBG Ban in India, Nepal, and Pakistan: Tencent Loses Huge Revenue

A new case of censorship has hit the video game industry. The gaming experience regularly the wrath of governments sometimes (too) censors. This is particularly the case in China where very severe filtering takes place. But India is not the only country which banned PUBG but also banned other Chinese apps.

It is today that of Nepal which strikes against the famous Battle Royale as revealed by Reuters. The title of Bluehole has been banned in the country facing the risks of supposed addiction that the latter would cause. Another tackle against the gaming industry – nothing new for developers accustomed to episodes like this.

A new case of censorship in the video game industry

Since its creation, many titles in the video game industry have been censored by governments. Even though the episodes are rarer recently, these measures still exist. A title like PUBG is also paying the price in Nepal, according to Reuters. Sandip Adhikari, deputy of the Nepal Telecommunications Authority, announced that it was now impossible to play the game in the country after government action.

The government explains that PUBG would be responsible for addiction among the youngest. The authorities would like to reduce school failure by attacking video games, the target of choice to justify this censorship. As of now, the access providers, Internet cannot let subscribers enjoy PUBG.

PUBG Ban in India, Nepal, and Pakistan: Tencent Loses Huge Revenue

No doubt, faced with this censorship, the more resourceful will find one way or another to play PUBG. This censorship comes at a time when the one introduced in India has just been lifted by the authorities.

PUBG Ban in India, Nepal, and Pakistan: Tencent Loses Huge Revenue

Like Battle Royal, PUBG offers players the merciless battle to be the last survivor. Posted by Chinese giant Tencent, it has become a global phenomenon, and its mobile version has been downloaded over 400 million times.

Jordan banned PUBG, a popular online fighting game on Saturday, citing its negative effects on citizens in a country with many followers.

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority justified this ban by the negative effects of the Survival Game PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds) on citizens, especially young people.

For months, officials, psychologists, and analysts have been warning users of this platform in the kingdom, citing its “negative effects” on the health and education of young people.

Kill them to the last

This electronic game with more than 400 million downloads around the world and in which the winner is the last survivor, has been banned in Iraq on the grounds that it incites violence. Nepal and the Indian government have also banned it.

The Chinese internet and video game giant, Tencent, announced on May 8 that it would stop offering this very popular game in China, replaced by a local version with a patriotic touch. In June, in India, a 15-year-old PUBG Mobile fan stabbed his brother to death for asking him to stop gambling.

Questions about the impact of PUBG Mobile on gamers have come back to the table recently, since an Indian lawyer filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court equivalent in Haryana asking for the ban, once again, gambling in the country.

PUBG Game ban

The grounds for his request are that he would make addictive and incite violence, comparing this game to the effects of drugs, writing:

Children in school who lose interest in their studies have become addicted to gambling. The parents of these children do not know what to do. If they insist that their children stop playing it, they become aggressive and depressed.

PUBG Ban in India, Nepal, and Pakistan: Tencent Loses Huge Revenue

The other motive is therefore that the game “normalizes violence”, which would have dangers for the mental health of regular players. Before the ruling, the Supreme Court referred the claim to the Indian Ministry of Information Technology. They have to take decisions based on this advice. The Ministry’s decision is now active, meaning thereby, India has banned PUBG completely.

This is not the first time that the the Indian Government has raised the issue. Indeed, in March 2019, the states Gujarat and Tamilnadu had banned this game. This corresponded to the exam period. During this period, people discovered playing PUBG Mobile could be prosecuted; several had to suffer in police custody. However, After some time the Government had lifted the ban.

Conclusion

The game has also sparked controversy elsewhere. China has replaced PUBG Mobile with a country-specific version. In this they have excluded all violence, “Game for Peace”. Even if the game remains a battle royale, no one kills in it. The players simply disappear from the map with a wave of the hand, signifying that they have lost. In addition to removing all traces of explicit violence on PUBG Mobile, the government is taking a keen interest in video games in general. It wants to introduce a curfew. The limited time for minors, up to 1h30 of games per day in weekdays and 3 hours on weekends. Also, a curfew from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. These limitations have not yet entered into force.

The Haryana Supreme Court may  render its decision soon. The controversies surrounding the popular mobile game seem that it’s not easy to forget. While the addiction to video games has recently been recognized by the WHO and they have taken more and more seriously by governments.

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  1. […] PUBG Banned in India: India blocked the PUBG app on 2 September 2020 amid India-China conflict in Ladakh. Another reason was that this app was sneaking and transferring the users’ data to servers positioned outside India. India blocked this app under Section 69A of the IT Act, 2000. […]

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