A few days after the ban of the popular game Battle Royale by Nepal PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds comes a reversal of the ban by the country’s Supreme Court. The decision follows a written petition filed by a number of lawyers who criticized the government’s ban. The Supreme Court of Nepal points to the country’s constitution and the fact that PUBG is just a game.
Supreme Court has issued idea of cause to government officials behind PUBG ban, local publication says Himalayan times. Freedom of speech and of the press are both protected by the Nepalese constitution – as such, the government is required to prove that the ban is “just, equitable and reasonable … wise and logical”, according to the order of the court.
Furthermore, the Supreme Court has ruled that the ban on PUBG was unreasonable and may have negatively impacted liberty rights. The ban was imposed by the Kathmandu District Court, but the new order prevents any other similar government agency bans based on that original block.
The ban itself was based on questionable claims – government officials said the decision to block access to gambling was based on complaints from parents who said their children were ignoring household chores and homework. In addition, officials alleged that the “PUBG addicts” exhibited “violent behavior” as a result of their gambling.
The ban went into effect on April 11 and led the Nepal Telecommunications Authority to order all ISPs in the country to block traffic from PUBG servers. The Supreme Court’s quash order was issued on April 19, but it’s unclear whether access to gambling has been restored at this time.