Bangladesh has banned online multiplayer game PlayerUnknown's BATTLEGROUNDS, better known as PUBG, fearing that it could 'incite violence' among the youths.
"The game has already been blocked [in the country]," Posts and Telecommunication Minister Mustafa Jabbar said on Friday (Oct 18).
Developed and published by PUBG Corporation, a subsidiary of South Korean video game company Bluehole, battle royale game PUBG is one of the most popular online game.
According to Wikipedia, a battle royale game is an online multiplayer video game genre that blends the survival, exploration, and scavenging elements of a survival game with last-man-standing gameplay involving dozens to hundreds of players, who start with minimal equipment and then must eliminate all other opponents while avoiding being trapped outside of a shrinking "safe area", with the winner being the last player or team alive.
PUBG is a player versus player shooter game in which up to one hundred players fight in a battle royale, a type of large-scale last man standing deathmatch where players fight to remain the last alive. Players can choose to enter the match solo, duo, or with a small team of up to four people. The last person or team alive wins the match.
PUBG often creates addiction among the players whereas most of the school-goers are its players.
Security officials said the decision has been taken due to the negative impact of the game.
Nazmul Islam, additional deputy police commissioner of the cybercrime unit, said: "We are concerned over the psychosocial impacts PUBG is having over our youths.
"We received complaints from guardians, and the minister for Posts and Telecommunications Division expressed his concerns to us," Nazmul added. "As a result, we have started the process to ban the game."
He said blocking a game is a long process, but the work to block it is underway.
"Guardians complained students were getting addicted to the game and skipping classes because of it," he continued. "They were also passing sleepless nights."
As of June this year, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds crossed 400 million downloads across Android and iOS platforms, according to mobile intelligence firm Sensor Tower.
Several cities in India and some other countries, including China, Nepal, Jordan and Iraq banned PUBG. Indian police also arrested many youths for playing the game, despite the imposed ban.
Earlier, Bangladesh banned Blue Whale Challenge, an online game that would require players to kill themselves as part of the game.