PTA lifts ban on PUBG game

PTA lifts ban on PUBG game
Islamabad: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Thursday lifted a ban on online game Player Unknown's Battle Ground (PUBG).

A meeting was held between PTA and legal representatives of Proxima Beta Pte Ltd (PB).

Proxima Beta (PB) representatives briefed the Authority on response to queries raised by PTA with respect to controls put in place by PB to prevent misuse of the gaming platform

The Authority expressed its satisfaction on measures adopted by PB so far, and emphasized on continued engagement and a comprehensive control mechanism.

The representative of the company welcomed PTA’s feedback on the issue and assured that the concerns of PTA would be taken into account. In addition, the company requested PTA to unban PUBG.

Earlier this month, the PTA had temporarily suspended the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) game due to its negative impact on children.

PTA has received numerous complaints against PUBG wherein it is stated that the game is addictive, wastage of time and poses serious negative impact on physical and psychological health of the children,” read and official statement.

According to media reports, cases of suicide attributed to PUBG game have been reported.

“Honorable Lahore High court has also directed PTA to look into the issue and decide the matter after hearing the complainants. In this regard, a hearing is being conducted on 9th of July 2020.

“The Authority also decided to solicit views of the public with reference to the said online game. In this regard public is encouraged to provide feedback through consultation-pubg@pta.gov.pk by July 10, 2020,” it further said.

On Tuesday, a youth committed suicide after he was barred from playing a violent online game, PUBG, in Lahore, GNN reported.

It was the third suicide committed by a boy in June.

Eighteen-year-old Shehreyar, who lived in a housing society located on Ghazi Road, took his life after getting anger over the restrictions.