Dhaka — The High Court in Bangladesh has issued a rule asking why apps like TikTok, Bigo Live, and Likee will not be ordered to be shut down. At the same time, all the popular and dangerous online games like Free Fire and PubG have been stopped.
The High Court bench – Justice Md. Mojibur Rahman Mia and Justice Kamrul Hossain Mollah passed the order. Earlier, the Ministry of Education and Home Affairs had recommended to the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission to stop the use of free fire and PUBG. Even before that, PUBG was temporarily closed but was later reopened.
The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications said at the time that the two games had created addiction among teenagers and young adults. But a sudden shutdown will create an adverse reaction. Therefore, steps to be taken to stop the two games in a healthy and alternative way.
The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications said that the youths will play the game with VPN even if it is stopped. 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.
The Bangladesh Mobile Phone Subscribers Association has recently called for urgent steps to control free fire and pubs as a result of the addiction among teenagers and young people.
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.
The online video of South Korean game developer Blue Whale was launched in 2017. From then on, this game quickly became popular among the young generation of Bangladesh. In 2018, PUBG topped the list of most popular online games, surpassing games like Angry Birds, Temple Run, Candy Crush.
The war game Free Fire created by the Chinese company in 2019 also became popular among the younger generation. Students are becoming addicted to these games, especially as schools, colleges, and universities are closed owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.