The Punjab police has decided to ban popular battle royale shooter PUBG in Lahore after two teenagers killed themselves over the online video game, the department announced on Tuesday.
The Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Punjab Police, Ashfaq Khan, has decided to write a letter to the Federal Investigation Agency and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) requesting them to ban PUBG in Lahore.
PUBG is a battle royale based survival game where 100 players are dropped onto a large battlefield where they battle it out for loot and chicken dinners (#1 spot). Since its launch, the game has done exceptionally well with millions of players downloading the game during the first week of launch. In December 2019, PUBG Mobile had 200 million more downloads.
The Lahore High Court (LHC) directed concerned authorities to ban the mobile game in the region following its “negative impact on children”. The recent suicide cases have been registered by the police and further investigations are underway.
As of now, reports claim that the suicide cases occurred due to the teenagers being told to stop playing PUBG.