PUBG banned by Jordan for "negative effects"

Jordan banned Saturday the extremely popular but brutal online game BattleUnknown, Battlegrounds, citing its "negative effects" on the citizens of the kingdom.

Often compared to The Hunger Games' bestselling book and hit series, PUBG opposes strangled characters in a virtual battle to the death and has become one of the most popular mobile games in the world.

A source from the Jordanian Telecommunications Regulatory Authority warned that the game had "negative effects on its users, which led to its official blocking".

This initiative follows similar bans in Iraq, Nepal, the Indian state of Gujarat and the Indonesian province of Aceh.

In May, the Chinese technology giant Tencent stopped offering the game. Instead, it directed users to a newly created and almost identical program.

PUBG is very popular in Jordan and the kingdom's institutions have warned employees not to play.

Psychologists across the country have repeatedly warned that gambling promotes violence and contributes to bullying among young people.

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