Following several discussions by the Taliban, a recent meeting between Afghanistan's Ministry of Telecommunications, a Sharia law enforcement official, and security representatives decided to ban PUBG: Battlegrounds mobile within three months. The representatives stated that PUBG is "misleading the younger generation" and "promoting violence."
News of the decision came from Khaama Press, which was ordered to happen earlier due to talks between the Taliban in April, BBC reports. The Taliban has urged Afghanistan telecommunications companies and internet service providers to ban the game within 90 days. Alongside PUBG's mobile version, TikTok is also getting put on the chopping block with a one-month active service before getting banned. Adding to the move to exclude the PUBG app, the Taliban noted that it's "wasting people's time."
According to PCGamer, PUBG has been "a runaway success in Afghanistan," climbing up to "100,000 Afghan players at once." They also noted how the game swallowed the majority of the country's mobile internet traffic during peak times. And just like them, I believe its popularity could likely spur a lookalike in the future, but who can say if that will happen as the Taliban implements more changes to cut distractions out of people's lives?
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Anthony Jones is a gaming journalist and late 90s kid in love with retro games and the evolution of modern gaming. He started at Mega Visions as a news reporter covering the latest announcements, rumors, and fan-made projects. FFXIV has his heart in the MMORPGs scene, but he's always excited to analyze and lose hours to ambitious and ambiguous MMOs that gamers follow.
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