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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds banned in Jordan

The Jordanian government is looking to take a stand against "violent video games", with information suggesting Fortnite could be next.

Popular battle royale game PUBG (or PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds) has been banned in Jordan, making for another country the title cannot be played in. First announced last week by Jordanian news outlet Roya News, the information suggests the reason behind the country's Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) deciding to restrict the game was a result of the World Health Organistion's (WHO) classification of it as a violent game.

The official statement by the TRC released on Sunday is in Arabic, but as reported by GamesIndustry.biz, it says:

"The Commission affirms that, in view of its role in protecting the interests of the beneficiaries of telecommunication services, the implementation of the ban was considered especially after the study of the World Health Organisation, which classified this game as a violent game leading to addiction and social isolation and that children playing such games are more violent than their peers."

This announcement also comes shortly after the WHO classification of 'gaming disorder', which may have sparked the restriction in the first place. PUBG is no stranger to being banned either, as it has also been restricted in India, Nepal, and Iraq, with the ban in China moving players to a game that replaces deaths with a wave to say goodbye when players die.

The information from Roya News also stated that Fortnite could be receiving such treatment very soon in Jordan, as revealed by the TRC's Mohammad AlWathiq Shaqrah here, who also says another six games may be considered aside from PUBG.

What do you think of these restrictions on "violent video games"?

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