These countries had banned PUBG Mobile
You might have been surprised to read the name of this country, but it is true that China banned PUBG Mobile long ago. Even more surprising is that the mobile version of the game is handled by China’s game company Tencent Games. Actually, the reason for the game being banned in China is the involvement of bloodshed. PubG Mobile’s userbase also includes young children. This is why the game was banned in China. However Tencent Games discontinued PUBG Mobile and released the new Game for Peace mobile game, which is almost the same as PUBG Mobile with some changes.
Last year, the Metropolitan Crime Division of Nepal filed a PIL in the District Court of Kathmandu, stating that PUBG Mobile had a bad effect on children. The court banned PUBG Mobile in April 2020, while ruling on this petition. However, many petitions were filed in the country after the ban, following which the court was forced to lift the ban.
Pabji mobile has been banned once in Pakistan too. The PTA, called the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, had banned PUBG after receiving several complaints. There too, the reason behind the ban of this game was the bad effect on children. It was said in the complaints that the game is having a bad effect on children’s health and its addiction is also very harmful for them. However, like Nepal, hundreds of petitions were filed to lift the ban in Pakistan, after which the Islamabad High Court had to lift the ban.
PUBG Mobile has also been banned in Korea, Israel, Iraq and Jordan. In these countries also, the pursuit of the ban was said to be due to violence, suicides and ill effects on children’s health. However, the ban on PUBG Mobile was removed in all these countries later.
PUBG Mobile is banned in these countries even today
As we said, PUBG Mobile was banned in India in September 2020 along with 118 other apps and games. The ban was imposed by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) in India under the provisions of the Information Technology Rules 2009. The government claimed that the banned apps were “dangerous to the sovereignty and integrity of the country”. The IT ministry stated that the ban was imposed “after receiving numerous complaints from various sources, including several reports about the misuse of many mobile apps available on Android and iOS, including unauthorized access to users’ data in India.” Sending to outside installed servers was also included. The game is still banned in the country. However, KUB, the parent company of PUBG Mobile, is set to bring it back to the country with a new name (PUBG Mobile India). Although there is no clarity on when it will be released.
The PUBG was banned by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Afghanistan (ATRA). The ban was banned after ATRA consulted parents, including several ministries, educational institutions, cybersecurity experts, psychologists, for the ban. Even today, the ban has not been lifted in the country, SportsKeeda’s report says that ATRA acting head Omar Mansoor Ansari says that a permanent solution to the problem is being sought.