PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is banned in Jordan, the Middle Eastern Arab nation. The decision was made by the telecommunications regulator in the country. It claimed that the game induces “negative behaviour” on the population. According to the entity, a study indicated that PUBG can be harmful to people of all ages and the measure came to meet claims of citizens concerned about the spread of dangerous games.
Jordan joins the list of countries that have banned Battle Royale, which already includes Iraq, Nepal, China and some states in India .Fortnite, Battle Royale is a another worldwide phenomenon. It should also be banned soon in the country, along with five other games. The Epic Game’s title has also been banned in China and Iraq.
PUBG – A Game For Peace
In China, Tencent, the company that owns the rights to PUBG, found a way out so that the game would not be banned. The game was rereleased with the name “Game for Peace” and received changes in gameplay that were accepted by the authorities. For example, in the new game players do not die, just fall on the ground and then stand up to wave to the opponent. In addition, there is no blood in the new version.
The difference between the Chinese case and that of Jordan is that the Arab country has a population of only nine million inhabitants. Normally, such a market would not be enough to generate a response from the producers or a new version for domestic consumption.
Who is the real culprit?
The reason for this is that the World Health Organization WHO is said to have rated the shooter as a violent game. But there is no evidence for that.
The WHO recently stated that computer gambling is an official disease, but there was never any talk of PUBG glorifying violence. Maybe there is a misunderstanding on the part of Jordan. According to the alleged study, this game should not only addict, but also lead to social isolation and make children aggressive. Which study is meant here remains unclear.
No Problems for PUBG
The ban of PUBG is Jordan will not be a big issue. Since, users of personal computers and consoles purchased 4.7 million copies of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds between May 2018 and May 2019. This was reported by the analytical agency SuperData Research. According to the service, PUBG has retained its position as one of the best-selling shooters on any platform, despite competition from Apex Legends and Fortnite.
In April 2019, the Gameindustry.biz portal told that PUBG developers receive 86% of revenue on a client for a PC. The company’s financial statement states that for 2018 PUBG Corp. earned $ 920 million. The computer version brought $ 790 million, in second place was a mobile client with $ 65 million, and the third was the console version with $ 58 million.