The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) in its detailed order has said the popular online game, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), is “highly addictive” and a “wastage of time” and will not be unblocked. In a detailed order released on July 23, the PTA ruled that it was necessary to block the online game in the interest of public order.
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has declared the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA’s) move to suspend Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) void and directed the authority to “immediately” restore the online game. The move comes in direct contrast to a Tweet posted by PTA last night, announcing that the game would remain blocked in the country.
Pakistani actors and politicians have shunned the idea of another possible YouTube ban in the country after Supreme Court hinted it might take action against social media sites. Actors Mehwish Hayat, Zara Noor Abbas and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Digital Pakistan, Tania Aidrus, and Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry took to Twitter to oppose the ban.
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has decided to ban live streaming application Bigo,citing complaints from people regarding the “immoral, obscene and vulgar” content. Morever, the authority also issued a “final warning” to video-sharing service TikTok over problematic content on the platforms. The PTA said the video sharing apps were having negative effects on the society in general and the youth in particular.
The PUBG ban in Pakistan has stirred up a lot of controversy, leaving the egaming audience agitated and hopeless. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) banned the game following three suicides, numerous complaints and termed it ‘addictive and waste of time’. However, egamers believe PTA has largely undermined the pros, a source of income for marginalised community being the major one.
A 15-year-old boy from Nanning city, China, was paralyzed in the left arm and hand after playing video games for 22 hours a day for a whole month. According to parents, the boy was left alone for the past month in order to attend online classes. The windows and doors of his room were closed at all times, and he was on his computer for as much as 22 hours a day.
A 17-year old boy from India spent Rs. 1.6 million on PUBG Mobile for in-app purchases of game cosmetics, battle passes, ammunition, and other items. The money that was used by the boy was set aside as savings for the father’s medical expenses. The parents thought the boy was using the smartphone for online courses during the lockdown.
Host Waqar Zaka has said that he will be filing a petition in the Sindh High Court to lift the ban on PUBG. In the latest video on his YouTube channel, Zaka said the move has been made by those who want to “prevent the youth of Pakistan from excelling in e-sports” and also do not want Pakistan to excel in e-commerce.