KATHMANDU - Nepal on Thursday banned popular South Korean online game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, also known as PUBG, citing its negative impact on mental health of players because of its violent content and addictive nature, officials said.
"We issued a circular Thursday to all internet service providers, mobile operators, and network service providers in Nepal to block PUBG," Sandip Adhikari, deputy director of Nepal Telecommunications Authority, told Kyodo News.
The ban comes into effect immediately.
Adhikari said NTA issued the circular after receiving a request Thursday for the same from the Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police.
"The game has become a headache for many parents. Children and teenagers are spending hours on end playing the game at the expense of studies and other activities," Adhikari said.
Launched in late 2017 by a South Korean video game developer, PUBG reportedly surpassed 400 million users last year.
In the game, 100 players are airdropped on an island where they battle violently for survival.
The game is popular in Nepal, although there is no clear estimate of the number of players.
So far, there are no known incidents of self-harm or violence in Nepal resulting from the game.