Dhaka — Two popular games Free Fire and PUBG are being shut down in Bangladesh. The Ministry of Education and Home Affairs has already made a recommendation to the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications has discussed the matter after receiving such recommendations from the two ministries. Concerns were raised about the addiction to those two games during the discussion.
In this regard, the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications said, the two ministries have called for the closure of the free fire and PUBG games. It is true that those two games have created addiction among teenagers and young adults.
According to the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, the two games have created addiction among teenagers and young adults. But a sudden shutdown will create an adverse reaction. Therefore, steps will be taken to stop the two games in a healthy and alternative way.
The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications has said that young people will play the game with VPN even if it is stopped. Yes, those who are addicted to such games can play the game in various alternative ways including VPN. We will try to take steps to stop all that.
Due to the closure of educational institutions in Corona, the students have recently become addicted to the two games.
The Bangladesh Mobile Phone Subscribers Association has called for immediate action to control the situation.
In a statement on Wednesday, Mohiuddin Ahmed, president of the organization, said parents were being forced to hand over laptops and mobile devices to their children for online classes as schools, colleges, and universities were closed due to the Corona epidemic.
With this opportunity, the young generation is getting addicted to these two games.
Mohiuddin Ahmed gave an example to highlight the horrors of free fire and PUBG addiction. On May 21, a young man named Mamun (14) committed suicide in Chandpur with his mother after he did not get money to buy mobile phone data.
“While we are relentlessly working to get the next generation of young people to have access to high-speed internet, the next generation has gone astray by abusing technology, which has made us think,” he said.
I urge the Ministry of Telecommunications and Technology and the Regulatory Commission to take necessary steps to stop the misuse of these games and highlight the good aspects of technology as well as to create public awareness.
There are also a few more reasons for the two games to stop.
Concerned people said that as a result of playing such games, a huge amount of money is going abroad.
In addition to playing online games, virtual money transactions are being done through MMS organizations. And the state, society, individuals, and families are being harmed by this.
Nepal’s courts have recently banned PUBG. For the same reason, the game was banned in Gujarat, India. Some were even arrested for playing the game. In Bangladesh too, PUBG was temporarily closed and later reopened.
Incidentally, the war game Free fire 2017, made by a Chinese company in 2019, is similar to the online video game of South Korean game developer Blue Whale. In 2019 it is the most downloaded mobile game worldwide.
The game involves 50 players and more who fell from a parachute on an island in search of weapons and equipment to kill another player.
Work is currently underway on an improved version of Freefire known as Freefire Max.
On the other hand, many people compare the killing of Muslims in a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, with a gun and the scene on Facebook Live.
Psychologists say that these games have a psychological effect on adolescents and make the youth aggressive.