ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) on Thursday raised a ban on popular online game PlayerUnknown’s Battlefields (PUBG) after a conference with the agent of the game’s information controller company.
The decision comes after a great deal of back-and-forth in between the regulator, the courts, and the game’s fans, who revealed outrage on social media platforms.
The PTA stated it met with the legal agents of the Proxima Beta Pte. Ltd (PB), the information managing company, who apprised Pakistani authorities “on response to queries raised by PTA with respect to controls put in place by PB to prevent misuse of the gaming platform”.
” The Authority revealed its complete satisfaction on determines embraced by PB up until now, and stressed on continued engagement and a detailed control system.
“The representative of the company welcomed PTA’s feedback on the issue and assured that the concerns of PTA would be taken into account. In addition, the company requested PTA to unban PUBG,” the PTA added.
“Keeping in view the positive engagement & response of the company, the Authority has decided to unban PUBG,” the PTA stated on Twitter.
In a comprehensive order launched a number of days earlier following a consultative conference with people, federal government authorities, and PB, the state-run authority had actually declined to unclog the online game, insisting it was “highly addictive” and a “wastage of time” and keeping in mind that it was needed to obstruct the online game in the interest of public order.
“The game is highly addictive, destroying youth, wastage of time and has a negative impact on physical and psychological health,” the 11- page report had actually checked out.
The PTA had actually stated it was empowered under area 37 of the Avoidance of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA) 2016 to obstruct or eliminate access to info if it considers it needed in “the interest of the glory of Islam, the integrity, security or defence of Pakistan or…public order, decency or morality”.
Nevertheless, it had actually acknowledged that there was no specific meaning of “decency” and “morality” and stated it utilized the terms in a basic sense and thought about the “principles of ethics” and “right conduct” when choosing to ban PUBG.
Recently, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had actually purchased the federal government to raise the ban on PUBG, a decision, which was joyously invited by the Pakistani gaming neighborhood.
IHC Justice Amir Farooq had actually revealed the decision while hearing a petition submitted versus the prohibiting of thegame That decision had actually come a day after the regulator had actually revealed the PUBG ban would continue.
Back on July 1, the PTA had actually revealed its decision to briefly suspend PUBG in Pakistan after getting several problems from various sectors of society.
The authority had actually stated it got many problems versus PUBG where it was specified that the game is addicting, waste of time, and positions a major unfavorable effect on the mental and physical health of the children.
According to current media reports, cases of suicide credited to PUBG game have actually likewise been reported.