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
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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.”


Rapper 50 cent embraces Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah World Fest with playful name change tweet

The ‘Power’ star joked about changing his name to “50 HALALA.” (AFP)
Updated 19 July 2019
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Rapper 50 cent embraces Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah World Fest with playful name change tweet

DUBAI:  US rapper 50 Cent took Twitter by surprise as he teased fans with a joke about a potential name change.

The ‘Power’ star joked about changing his name to “50 HALALA.”

This was after the rapper was added to Jeddah World Fest’s line-up in Saudi Arabia.

Tweeps took to the cheeky tweet by storm, replying with warm messages like “welcome to Saudi 50 HALALA.”

Another Saudi fan wrote, “many thanks 50 Halala.”

The music sensation told his 10 million followers, “I been around the world a few times there’s no place [like] JEDDAH.”

He also shared his experience at the festival with excited fans and wrote, “I had a ball at Jeddah fest, kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

The music festival is part of the Jeddah Season of activities which falls under the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage’s (SCTH) ambitious program of seasonal entertainment for the Kingdom.