PTA lifts ban on PUBG

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Thursday lifted ban on PUBG game after a meeting with representative of the company.

The PTA in a statement said that a meeting was held between PTA and legal representatives of Proxima Beta Pte Ltd (PB).

The PB representatives briefed the authority on response to queries raised by the PTA with respect to controls put in place by PB to prevent misuse of the gaming platform.

The authority expressed its satisfaction on measures adopted by the PB so far, and emphasized on continued engagement and a comprehensive control mechanism.

The representative of the company welcomed PTA’s feedback on the issue and assured that the concerns of the PTA would be taken into account. In addition, the company requested PTA to unban PUBG.

“Keeping in view the positive engagement and response of the company, the authority has decided to unban PUBG,” according to the statement.

On July 27, 2020 the PTA issued a detailed order regarding blocking of online game PUBG. The order was issued in accordance with Islamabad High Court’s order after a hearing conducted by PTA on July 9 and in accordance with the provisions of PECA 2016.

The PTA in the statement said that it had provided an opportunity of hearing to concerned parties including PUBG’s lawyers. As per the order of the authority, the PUBG game shall remained blocked in Pakistan.

The PTA had also approached PUBG management to inform about a suitable framework to address key concerns. No response was received from PUBG.

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