Nepal’s Supreme Court has put a stay on PUBG ban in the country stating that PUBG Mobile is used by the general public of the country for entertainment purposes and it impacts the citizens’ rights to freedom.
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PUBG ban lifted in Nepal, players are now free to play PUBG Mobile in the country: Details here
Updated Apr 24, 2019 | 11:11 IST | Times Now DigitalNepal’s Supreme Court has put a stay on PUBG ban in the country stating that PUBG Mobile is used by the general public of the country for entertainment purposes and it impacts the citizens’ rights to freedom.
PUBG Mobile PUBG ban lifted in Nepal, players now free to play the game
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) has been in the news for all the wrong reasons these days as authorities have been targeting the online battle royale game due to concerns over addiction and mental health of the youth. Since the introduction of PUBG Mobile, the game is now essentially free for smartphone users since PUBG Mobile is available to download on both the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store for free.
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This has resulted in PUBG Mobile witnessing a huge growth in terms of popularity as well as user base, however, authorities have claimed that the game is turning out to be mentally harmful to the youth. After Gujarat imposed a ban on PUBG Mobile, Nepal authorities also banned the came in their country citing that the game is addictive for children and teenagers while also adding that it was impacting on their academics as well.
However, in a recent development, Nepal’s Supreme Court has put a stay on PUBG ban in the country and the Himalayan Times reported that the Supreme court stated that PUBG is simply used by the general public of the country for entertainment purposes, and banning the game could adversely impact the citizens’ right to freedom.
Earlier this month, the federal investigation agency of country requested the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) to make sure that all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and mobile providers have blocked PUBG or PUBG Mobile in the country. An NTA official later claimed that parents were worried about their kids as they were neglecting their studies due to PUBG addiction, which was also hampering their mental health.
Meanwhile, the Iraq Parliament has recently announced that online games such as PUBG Mobile and Fortnite have been banned in the country or "inciting violence". The Iraq Parliament voted unanimously to ban the online battle royale game in the war-torn country.