In what can certainly be labelled as an unprecedented move, Bangladesh government, in an official letter signed on the 25th of August passed the declaration leading to the ban of online mobile games for a period of three months. As a result of this, games like Free Fire and PUBG Mobile have been banned.
The letter states that all similar online multiplayer games are to be banned following the passing of the declaration, but it in particular states the names of the two most popular highest-grossing games worldwide – Tencent’s PUBG Mobile and Garena’s Free Fire. PUBG Mobile has been one of the favourite gaming titles in the Battle Royale genre and Free Fire has also made a name for itself over the years.
The Ministry of Bangladesh Posts and Telecommunications has completed the process of blocking the pubg and free fire games following the direction of the High Court. However, it may take some time for the games to stop completely. pic.twitter.com/LRuZdglXjc
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Free Fire became popular to such an extent in Bangladesh, that developers of the game launched a server exclusively for the gamers, fans and regular players of Free Fire of Bangladesh.
Banning of the Battle Royale games of PUBG Mobile and Free Fire by Bangladesh Government
PUBG Mobile and Free Fire have each been given a ban of three months respectively. The reason as stated by the officials is that the youth of the country spend an excessive amount of time on these games, which harms their mental growth patterns.
Playing these games for long periods of time is detrimental to to the individual playing it, who more often than not happen to be youngsters from the age range of 13 to 30 years of age, and leads to a downfall in their productivity. This particular scenario leads to have a negative influence on the youth of the country. Thus, in order to stop the youth from getting addicted to these online games, a ban on them has been decreed for a period of three months.
Subrata Roy Maitra, Vice Chairman of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, was quoted saying the following, citing a Department of Telecommunications order:
“We have shut down PUBG and Free Fire and are taking steps to remove other harmful apps. Even if you shut down the apps, they can be accessed through VPNs (virtual private networks). We do not have the capability to shut those down. We will also write to the authorities in charge of these apps to request their removal.” The Ministry of Bangladesh Posts and Telecommunications has completed the process of blocking the pubg and free fire games following the direction of the High Court. However, it may take some time for the games to stop completely.
Similar instances in other countries
In recent times of last year, preceding the ban of the two games of PUBG Mobile and Free Fire in Bangladesh, PUBG Mobile was banned in Pakistan for a short period of time. in the year 2020. But the decision was recently revoked in the country.
As for the other South-Asian country to ban the game, India put forth a decree which passed the motion, that the game PUBG Mobile be given a permanent ban in the country. This was done along with approximately other 200 applications that were banned in the country due to political differences between the two countries of India and China.
The game was re-released in India in a refurbished format keeping in mind the clauses that led to the game being banned. It was launched in the country under a different developer altogether, Krafton Inc. and had assumed a new identity ‘Battlegrounds Mobile India‘, clearly signifying that this new game was developed keeping Indian sensibilities in mind, and in accordance with the terms & conditions placed by the Indian government.