Jordan’s Telecommunications Regulatory Commission takes action against Bluehole’s battle royale. The title from Epic Games may follow the same fat. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has been blacklisted in Jordan. The country’s Telecommunications Regulatory Commission has banned Bluehole’s battle royale title, according to Roya News; although this name will be added to another half dozen games.
Risks of addiction and social isolation?
The ban on PUBG became effective on July 4th, while over the weekend a comminications was issued by the Commission of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan reporting on the reasons for the ban. It explains that the ban responds to an insistent popular request after many complaints from citizens and authorities.
The CRT alleges that the main reason why PUBG has been banned from marketing is the recent study by the World Health Organization, which classified PUBG as a violent video game capable of leading young people to addiction and social isolation. They also argue that young people who play violent video games will end up developing more impetuous behaviour.
Mohammad AlWathiq Shaqrah, director of the CRT, announced the ban. PUBG will not be the only game affected though, which is similar to what happened in Iraq some time ago, where in addition PUBG, Fortnite was also banned.
According to the GamesIndustry report, at least six more similar games will be affected by the regulatory measure; among them, the most popular battle royale on the planet, the phenomenon from Epic Games . That ruling is not yet official, but is expected to be in the next few days.
Whether or not these measures are irreversible depends on each country’s Commission. If we stick to previous cases, we can look at the case of Nepal, where PUBG was temporarily banned. The veto was lifted with the passage of months.
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