The Taliban government has banned PUBG Mobile within 90 days for “promoting violence” in Afghanistan.
PUBG Mobile, the multiplayer battle royale game, has been banned by the Taliban government in Afghanistan. The free-to-play game with over 1 billion downloads worldwide has already been banned in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and some other countries. And now the Taliban have also announced a ban for promoting violence in the country. In a meeting of the Ministry of Telecommunications with representatives of the security sector and the Sharia law enforcement administration in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, the government decided to ban PUBG Mobile. The ban will take effect within 90 days. According to reports from Afghan Media Khama, the Taliban made this decision because they believe that these popular video games encourage violence and negatively affect the youth of the country.
The Afghan Ministry of Telecommunications has instructed all national telecom and internet service providers to implement the ban as planned and within the deadline. The Taliban’s decision has even been criticized by netizens on social media platforms, given the way the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan.
Despite being banned in several countries, it is one of the most popular mobile game titles played around the world.
Why was PUBG banned in India?
India banned PUBG Mobile in 2020 during the Covid-19 lockdown due to its connection to Chinese apps. But the game returned last year in a softer version called Battlegrounds Mobile India, after government approval. However, the government also banned BGMI, for the same reasons. The ban was over a month ago. Krafton, the developer of BGMI, said it is working with the government to bring the game back. The return of the game has not yet been announced.