Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Bangladesh blocks online battle game PUBG on parent complaints

  • Senior Correspondent, bdnews24.com
    Published: 2019-10-18 19:33:23 BdST

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The Bangladesh telecom regulator has blocked online multiplayer game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds or PUBG at the request of cyber security police following complaints by parents of adolescent players.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Cyber Security and Crime Division requested the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission or BTRC to block access to the online game from the country last week. 

“We did it following complaints made by guardians and different other quarters for quite some time,” the police department’s Deputy Commissioner AFM Al Kibria told bdnews24.com on Friday evening.

“This game cannot be played from Bangladesh from now on,” he added.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Md Najmul Islam said in a Facebook post in the afternoon that the government decision was based on the “opinions of common people”.

He also cited “different negative psychosocial and technological impacts” of the game as a reason that led to the decision.

“Different entities of society will decide the justification of the decision. There can be academic discussions based on logic. We always welcome dissent,” he added.     

Developed and published by PUBG Corporation, a subsidiary of South Korean video game company Bluehole, the game is a huge hit with adolescents in Bangladesh.

Police officials said parents have been complaining that their children were wasting time on the game, even overnight at times, which was impacting their study and social activities.

It is banned in China, Nepal, Indonesia, Jordan and some states of India.