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PUBG has been banned in Jordan due to negative effect on players

Published: 17:17, 11 July 2019
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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has been banned in Jordan by Telecommunications Regulatory Commission due to having a negative effect on players. PUBG ban is only the start of the huge battle royale ban wave that's will also affect Fortnite.

One of the world's most popular battle royale games - PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds - has been officially banned in Jordan. The country's Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) confirmed that PUBG is only the first game that has been banned due to a negative effect it has on players. 

In an interview with Jordanian website Roya News, TRC said that the decision to block the game in Jordan has been made after an in-depth look and citizens' complaints on the spread of such games and their dangerous impact on players. TRC then conducted a big study and apparently, the battle royale shooter had a negative impact on "players of all generations".

TRC will also look at other popular games and the name that's being mentioned is as you may guess - Fortnite. Epic Games' battle royale is next in the line for a ban hammer, but TRC clarified that at the moment, no other video games are blocked and if they decide to ban them, coordination must be done with all government agencies.

There is no mention of the other five games that could face the ban, but we assume that similar titles such as Apex Legends, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and possibly Battlefield V are the main candidates.

As you may know, Jordan is not the first country to ban PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. Earlier this year, the game was temporarily banned in Nepal, but the country's Supreme Court put an end to it, claiming that the ban wasn't justified.

PUBG is also banned in Iraq along with Fortnite after the Iraqi government found that these games have "negative effects on health, culture and security of Iraqi society, including moral threats to children and youth".

Earlier this year, PUBG was also banned in China and replaced by a patriotic lookalike named Game for Peace where characters can't die, instead, they stand up and wave goodbye when downed.

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