PUBG and Free Fire Ban: BTRC orders to ban PUBG and Garena Free Fire in Bangladesh. Bangladesh Telecom Regulatory Commission (BTRC) orders to ban PUBG and Garena Free Fire. The number one mobile battle royale game in the world is PUBG Mobile and Free Fire.
Although the games are popular, they remain controversial and have been banned in several countries. Now, Bangladesh Telecom Regulatory Commission (BTRC) ordered the country’s Department of Telecommunication (DoT) to prohibit internet-based games such as PUBG and Garena Free Fire after a High Court order.
Subrata Roy Maitra, vice chairman of BTRC, told reporters in a statement on Wednesday, “We began the process following receipt of the court order on Tuesday. PUBG and Free Fire [from the country’s online space] have already been requested by the Department of Telecommunications (DOT) for the interruption.”
In addition, Maitra said the telecom regulator was also preparing a list of harmful online apps, such as TikTok, BigoLive, and Likee. Currently, he said, they were evaluating and reviewing which apps would qualify for inclusion in this list. According to Maitra, the company will block all the apps it can. “Technical limitations may restrict us from banning all of them. If that is the case, we will write to the relevant authorities and consult or outsource the job to those who can do it.”
As per Bangladesh High Court order and procedures:
According to a recent decision of the High Court in Bangladesh, ‘destructive’ and harmful games and apps must be removed immediately. It stated that “pending a hearing of the rule, respondents are directed to remove all links and Internet gateways relating to PUBG, Free Fire, and all other comparable online games for three (three) months from date”, according to the HC order.
In addition to banning these online games and apps, the court also asked why they shouldn’t be banned from the country’s online environment. In response to the rule, Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministers, education, law, and health ministers, BTRC chairman, police inspector general, BKash, Nagad, and 18 others were obligated to respond within 10 days.
Petitioner and Issues:
A Supreme Court legal team led by Md Kawser and Md Humayun Kabir Pallab with support from the Law and Life Foundation submitted a legal notice to the government on June 19, asking the government to ban these games, short video sharing apps, and live streaming platforms.
The petitioners claim the country’s youth and adolescents are becoming addicted to online games and platforms such as PUBG, Free Fire, and TikTok. The study decried this trend as alarming, pointing out its adverse effects on the younger generations, and examining the likelihood of criminal activity through such mobile applications.