Nepal’s Member of Parliament Urges Government to Ban PUBG Mobile and Free Fire Citing Mental Issues: PUBG Mobile and Free Fire, two popular mobile battle royale games, have lately been asked for closure by a Nepalese legislator. A member of the House of Representatives, Asha Kumari B.K., has recently sought action against online games, citing mental health issues.
This isn’t the first time PUBG Mobile has been subjected to a ban, as the game was previously temporarily banned in Nepal in 2019. Following a ruling by Nepal’s supreme court, the developers were able to quickly overturn the game’s ban.
“Online games like PUBG Mobile and Free Fire have a negative impact on children’s mental health,” she stated. “Through the Speaker, I’d like to bring this concern to the attention of the government. Otherwise, there may come a day when guardians and parents will come knocking on the door of the court seeking justice,” she warned.
Video games like PUBG Mobile and Free Fire are addicting, according to MP, and this is a cause for concern. She claims that overusing these online video games has a negative psychological influence on children. The member of parliament further stated that addiction to such video games can cause uneasiness, agitation, and a lack of focus in many young people. She believes that taking action by prohibiting such addictive online video games is a step in the right direction for the country’s children.
A similar situation arose in Bangladesh a few months ago, when multiple governmental bodies, including the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Home Affairs, recommended that PUBG Mobile and Free Fire should be banned in the country due to the addiction they have caused among teenagers and young adults. PUBG Mobile was banned in India last year, but it was reintroduced last month as Battlegrounds Mobile India. The game was released on Android, and millions of people have already downloaded it.