Nepal bans online game PUBG on concerns over children

PUBG is also banned in the Indian state of Gujarat, where dozens of people have been arrested for playing. (AP)
Updated 12 April 2019

Nepal bans online game PUBG on concerns over children

  • In PUBG, players parachute onto an island and scavenge for weapons and equipment to kill others and survive
  • Nepal’s telecommunication authority issued a circular to all Internet service providers to block the game

Katmandu: Nepal has banned the hugely popular but brutal online game “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” over concerns about its impact on children, officials said Friday.
In the multiplayer game, commonly known as PUBG, players parachute onto an island and scavenge for weapons and equipment to kill others and survive. The last player or team standing wins.
Nepal’s telecommunication authority issued a circular to all Internet service providers on Thursday to block PUBG on instruction from the Katmandu district court.
“We sought an order from the court to ban PUBG after floods of complaints from parents, guardians and school organizations to block the game citing psychological impact on teenagers and students,” senior police official Dhiraj Pratap Singh told AFP.
The survival-themed battle game, made by South Korean firm Bluehole Inc, has been downloaded more than 100 million times around the world since it was launched in 2017.
Parents and educators say the game incites violence and distracts students from their studies.
Saugat Joshi, 28, an occasional player said parents should instead speak to their children about better gaming habits.
“Banning is not a solution. Right now PUBG is viral but next year there might 10 others, we can’t ban everything,” Joshi said.
Last year, China announced new controls on the number of games that can be played online, limited new releases, and imposed rules on underage players to reduce their screen time.
PUBG is also banned in the Indian state of Gujarat, where dozens of people have been arrested for playing.
A minister in the coastal Indian state of Goa has described PUBG as “a demon in every house.”


Black leopard mauls man who paid to have pictures taken

Updated 30 October 2020

Black leopard mauls man who paid to have pictures taken

DAVIE, Florida: A man was mauled by a captive black leopard in a backyard zoo in South Florida, wildlife officials said.
The man paid $150 for a “full contact experience” with the black leopard, which allowed him to play with it and take pictures, WPLG reported.
A report by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the incident happened Aug. 31 in Davie, which is near Fort Lauderdale.
The agency charged the owner with allowing full contact with an extremely dangerous animal and was cited for maintaining captive wildlife in an unsafe condition.
The owner runs a licensed animal sanctuary for rare and endangered animals at the home, WPLG reported.
The man was attacked as soon as he entered the leopard’s enclosure. The injuries were so severe that his scalp was “hanging from his head and his right ear was torn in half,” the report said.
He required multiple surgeries, according to the TV station.