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PUBG shut down in Nepal over complaints from parents

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Nepal Telecommunication Authority has instructed all the country's service providers to ban Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, claiming that Brendan Greene's game has negative effects on the behaviour and studies of children and youths.

On Wednesday, the Metropolitan Crime Division filed a Public Interest Litigation at the Kathmandu District Court, arguing that PUBG's negative influence should be stopped. 

Chief of the Metropolitan Crime Division Dhiraj Pratap Singh said, "We received a number of complaints from parents, schools and school associations regarding the effect of the game on children".

He also said that they've held discussions with psychiatrists before they requested the Court to ban the game altogether, although they didn't say for how long was that.

The decision itself was made the same day, a testament to the Court's expediency, but we're not sure PUBG Corp is having the same appreciation for the swiftness of the law at the moment. 

"Parents and schools had complained that the game was affecting their children's studies and making them more aggressive. When we consulted with psychiatrists, they also said that the violence in the game can make people aggressive in real life”, Singh said.

According to the Crime Division's litigation, the Court is advised to act as soon as possible, so as to reduce the negative impact of PUBG.

"Many other countries have also banned the game citing increasing aggressiveness in students. The game should be banned by Nepal as well in order to mitigate its effect on the mental health of the people of our country", says the document.

Before you pounce on the text in regards to the bans, it refers to the bans in China and Gujarat, with India at one point having considered a ban on PUBG as well.

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Coincidentally, Kholat's developer IMGN.PRO has recently found a single fan in Nepal and plan to reward him/her with a lifetime of free games from the studio. They want to travel to Nepal to meet up, but we're not sure whether the timing is really great now.

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