After PUBG’s great success run worldwide, the game currently seems to get entangled in a political mess. Many countries have banned the game arguing it to be too violent for kids and teenagers which might cause harm to the mentally and sometimes physically.
The decision was met with anger from citizens who argued that the game wasn’t harmful and had followed several steps to tackle the “violent” attribute.
Telecomm Regulatory Commission of Jordan said the main reason for the ban was WHO’s study on gaming addiction and social isolation. According to Jordan’s Telecomm Regulatory Commission, PUBG is a violent game and falls directly in the category of games that may cause addiction and social isolation. They also claimed that children who play the game will be more violent and will drop off in studies.
According to them more “violent games” are being checked and the appropriate solution will be taken for them (mostly banning them). These “violent games” will include games related to PUBG which might also mean Fortnite getting banned ( another leader in Battle Royale category).
Currently, it isn’t clear on what platforms the game is banned as only the mobile version seems to be taken off. We might see a complete ban in the coming week or maybe only mobile version getting hit.
Although some countries have also revisited their decisions after anger from the citizens such as India and Nepal had overturned the complete nation-wide ban. But in some, the game is still banned such as in China (mostly because of non-licensing of microtransaction and due availability of state-approved clone version of PUBG by TenCent) and Iran(government claims the game is a national security risk).