PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds banned in Nepal for making ‘people aggressive in real life’

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds has been banned in Nepal.

According to the Kathmandu Post (thanks, PC Gamer), Nepal Metropolitan Crime Division went to the Kathmandu District Court on Wednesday to file a Public Interest Litigation after parents and school leaders complained about “the effect” the game was having on children, citing the battle royale game was making people “aggressive in real life”.

“We received a number of complaints from parents, schools and school associations regarding the effect of the game on children,” Metropolitan Crime Division chief Dhiraj Pratap Singh told the Kathmandu Post. “We also held discussions with psychiatrists before requesting the Kathmandu District Court for permission to ban the game.

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

The Nepal Telecommunication Authority has since called for all ISPs and mobile service providers to block the game.

In other PlayerUnknown’s Battleground news, its creator, Brendan Greene, recently stepped down from the battle royale’s development team. In a tweet posted to his personal Twitter account last month, Greene – who’s Twitter profile now lists him as “director, Special Projects @ PUBG” – said he was moving away from active development on the hugely successful battle royale game and relocating to Amsterdam for his new venture. From what he says, his next project is unlikely to be another battle royale.

“The past five years of my life has been all about battle royale. From the early days working on a mod to getting the chance to create my vision for a battle royale title, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds,” Greene said. “It’s been an incredible journey and our game has reached heights I never thought possible. Seeing the game grow into what it is today has been a dream come true and I can’t thank our fans and the incredible team at PUBG Corporation enough.”

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