Jordan bans PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, plans to ban Fortnite and others

    
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The Jordanian government has announced that the country’s Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) has officially banned PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. According to a report from Jordanian news outlet Roya News, the TRC made the decision to ban the popular battle-royale title after it “received many complaints from a large number of citizens and some concerned authorities about the negative impact of [the] game” and “reviewed the study of the World Health Organization (WHO) which classified PUBG as a violent game that leads to addiction and social isolation.”

As GamesIndustry.biz points out, the existence of any such study is dubious. The TRC may be referring to the WHO’s recent decision to classify Gaming Addiction as a mental illness, though the newly adopted classification does not mention PUBG (or any other game) specifically. Moreover, a TRC official claimed that the ban followed “an in-depth study that confirmed the negative impacts of [the] game on the players of all generations,” though it’s unclear whether this refers to the aforementioned mischaracterized study or the TRC’s own. There are apparently further plans to ban six other games, among which is another battle royale favorite, Fortnite.

The wave of bans comes in the wake of numerous similar bannings throughout the Middle East and South Asia: Iraq has banned Fortnite and PUBG, Nepal has banned PUBG (though the ban was later overturned), League of Legends has been blocked in Iran and Syria, and some regions of India have gone so far as to arrest players for violating their PUBG ban.

Source: Roya News (1, 2, 3) via GamesIndustry.biz
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Bruno Brito

I’m not too keen on judging countries ( specially since mine isn’t any better ) but this sounds like a hellhole.

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Randy Savage

It’s the Middle East so…… yeah.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Hello, PUBG. Join a long line of works that have been censored or banned for their alternative views of reality:

Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck), banned in Ireland, in many US school districts (taking the Lord’s name in vain; vulgarity).

The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck), burned and banned in the 1930s and attempts to ban as recently as 1993.

To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee), banned at various places in the US since publication and as late as 2007 for its depiction of race relations.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Ken Kesey), banned repeatedly in many places in the US for talking about sex and other realities of being human, as late as the 2000s.

Slaughter-house Five (Kurt Vonnegut), for being vulgar and offensive, as late as the 2000s.

All of these works of fiction are considered among the top 100 novels of the 20th century. What they all do is challenge the status quo as the greatest good.

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Sleepy

Of Mice and Men isn’t banned in Ireland. It might have been at one point but we past most of that sort of rubbish now, thankfully. It’s actually on the school syllabus for some schools:

https://www.scoilnet.ie/go-to-post-primary/collections/junior-cycle/of-mice-and-men/

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Yea, it was banned in the 1930s. Unfortunately the list of banned books doesn’t say when they were unbanned.

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rafael12104

Oh yes, of course. Because those countries always adhere and respond positively to World Health Organization recommendations and guidelines.

Well… except when it comes to women. Women’s health is a personal choice.

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rafael12104

Lol. It was too much apparently. And the decline of western society too.

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Utakata

The Shareef don’t like it, rockin’ the Casbah, rock the Casbah… o.O

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rafael12104

Oh… that’s perfect!

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Mewmew

Jordan, where it’s okay to murder your wife if you find out she cheated on you, but harmless video game violence is a big no-no.

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Utakata

Priorities, priorities! Doctrine over anything evidence based first! Also see: The Handmaid’s Tale. /bleh

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3dom

Expect few more hundreds of thousands refugees in Germany after atrocities like this.

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rafael12104

Just looking for free wifi and somewhere to plug in.