PUBG unblocked in Bangladesh after brief ban

Bangla Tribune Desk
Published : 15:08, Oct 19, 2019 | Updated : 17:01, Oct 19, 2019

REUTERSPopular online game Player Unknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) went through a brief ban in Bangladesh on Friday, amid growing concerns that the game is negatively impacting the youth.

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), upon police's recommendations, was tasked on Friday (Oct 18) with carrying out a government directive regarding the game.

However, Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar on a Facebook post around 11 pm said the block was lifted.

Earlier, Nazmul Islam, additional deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police's cybercrime unit told the media that, "We are concerned over the psychosocial impact 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.

"Guardians complained that students were getting addicted to the game, and skipping classes because of it," he continued. "They were also passing sleepless nights."

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, the Bangladesh government had banned Blue Whale Challenge, an online game that would require players to kill themselves as part of the game.