Jordan is the latest country to ban Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds

By Natalie Clayton
11 July 2019 14:07 GMT

Jordan has joined the ranks of countries that have given Battlegrounds the boot.

The nation’s Telecommunications Regulatory Commission ruled to outlaw Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds on July 4th. It claims that a study from the World Health Organisation classified PUBG as a “violent game leading to addiction and social isolation”.

The WHO did gain attention after classifying gaming addiction as a disease this year. But while the org has called out violent gaming in the past, it’s hard to track down the PUBG-specific report the TRC cites.

Jordan joins Iraq, Nepal (briefly) and several Indian cities in banning Brendan Greene’s battle royale.

Additionally, the TRC claims the ban was in “the national interest”. The body claims it has received widespread complaint from citizens and authorities around PUBG’s “negative impact.”

Jordan isn’t stopping there. Local outlet Roya News believes the TRC has plans to ban six more games, including Fortnite.

Despite its popularity, PUBG has increasingly hit walls across the globe. Just this May, publishing giant Tencent gave up on the game’s Chinese launch over monetisation struggles.

Looks like another drop zone is off-limits for PUBG.

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