Fortnite: Jordan is the latest country to ban Playerunknown's Battlegrounds

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 13, 2019

PUBG was banned in Jordan following a provision by the commission regulating telecommunications in the country.

Popular battle royale game PUBG (or PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds) has been banned in Jordan, making for another country the title can not be played in. According to Jordan's Telecomm Regulatory Commission, PUBG is a violent game and falls directly in the category of games that may cause addiction and social isolation. The tiny nation of Jordan recently banned PUBG, the first battle royale game to catch on in a big way, and now it has announced plans to ban another six games, Fortnite among them. The WHO hasn't remained silent on gaming, though - earlier this year the WHO did recognize gaming disorder as a legitimate issue, which it classifies as "a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior, which may be online or offline". It would seem that the recent World Health Organization classification is spurring more and more countries to have a look at the impact of certain games, and we may end up seeing more countries ban games that are considered addictive in the future.

The TRC's Director of Beneficiaries Affairs Eng. Mohammad AlWathiq Shaqrah told local news agency Roya News that officials are considering a ban against another six games with Fortnite at the top of the list.

The TRC statement further claims that the game's ban "was taken into consideration for the national interest" and that the TRC "received many comments and complaints from a large number of citizens and some concerned authorities about the negative impact of this game". At the moment no other games have been banned as of yet, but it seems that it won't be long before other battle royale titles could be in the sights of the TRC.

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