The popularity of online game PUBG Mobile and other such game has seen huge growth. However, there have been some reports of games such as PUBG Mobile resulting in the negative influence of the youth. Now, Iraq Parliament has announced that online games such as PUBG Mobile and Fortnite have been banned in the country or "inciting violence". On Wednesday, the Iraq Parliament voted unanimously to ban the online battle royale game in the war-torn country.
Particularly naming PUBG Mobile and Fortnite, among others, lawmakers said the games "threaten social security, morals, civics and education" in Iraq society.
The lawmakers asked Iraq's communications ministry and media commission to block access to the games, although a full ban will need approval by cabinet. The vote came a week after powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr appealed to young people to stop playing PUBG or watching football matches.
Iraqi media had, for months, alleged that addiction to playing PUBG Mobile had caused marital disputes and even divorces. But the vote was met with sarcasm online.
PUBG, by South Korean firm Bluehole, has been downloaded more than 360 million times around the world since its release in late 2017. Nepal and India's western Gujarat state have also banned the game after concerns over its impact on the young.