PUBG Mobile and Free Fire Might Reportedly Get Banned in Bangladesh
Two of the biggest battle royale mobile games in the world PUBG Mobile and Free Fire might be reportedly getting banned in Bangladesh. According to a Bangladesh based publication Daily Manab Zamin, multiple governmental bodies like the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Home Affairs have recommended the discontinuation of both PUBG Mobile and Free Fire within the country due to the addiction they have created among teenagers and young adults. This news comes just a few days after Free Fire had announced dedicated servers for Bangladesh, scheduled to go live next month starting June 8.
Bangladesh Might Ban PUBG Mobile and Free Fire
Reports have surfaced online stating that two of the most popular mobile games PUBG Mobile and Free Fire might get suspended in Bangladesh. Along with the authorities mentioned above, this concern was also discussed with the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. Even the Bangladesh Mobile Phone Users Association called for urgent steps to be taken to control the addictive nature of the two games.
In regards to this, the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications came forward to acknowledge that the games had indeed created an addiction among teenagers and young adults. They went on to state that initiatives will be taken to stop the two games in a healthy manner, so as to avoid any adverse reactions.
The issue of gamers using various alternative methods including VPN to continue playing PUBG Mobile and Free Fire was also discussed, with the ministry coming forward to state that they would try to take necessary steps and ensure that such things are stopped.
Mohiuddin Ahmed, president of the Bangladesh Mobile Phone Users Association was quoted saying that, “While we are relentlessly working to get the next generation of young people to have access to high-speed internet, the next generation has gone astray by abusing technology, which has made us think.”
These reports have surfaced at a time when Krafton is in the final stages of releasing an India specific battle royale called Battlegrounds Mobile India, its pre-registration currently live for Android users. If true, it could also be a huge blow for Free Fire who just a few days back had announced dedicated game servers for Bangladesh, set to go live starting June 8.
Also, this is not the first time that PUBG Mobile has had to face such resistance from Bangladeshi authorities. As per a report by Dhaka Tribune, PUBG Mobile in October last year had gone through a brief ban period (less than a day), due to growing concerns around the game’s negative impact on youth.