Don't link e-sports to acts of violence, says Kelantan exco

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KOTA BHARU: The Kelantan government has urged citizens not to link the popular online video game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) to acts of violence, in the wake of Friday’s attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, which left 50 dead.

Datuk Dr Mohamed Fadzli Hassan, executive councillor for Human Development, Higher Education, Science and Technology, said video games would not influence a person’s thinking despite the games using firearms and sharp weapons.

Yesterday, the mufti of Negeri Sembilan, Datuk Mohd Yusof, had called for the ban on PlayerUnknown’s Battleground, citing it as being the reason for the increase in violent behaviour among teenagers.

However, Mohamed Fadzil said: “We cannot link it (the killings) with e-Sports. That incident was an act of terror. If not a rifle, the men could have used a knife or sword. e-Sport does not influence but develops a person’s thinking towards positivity.

He said Kelantan would not agree to a ban on e-Sport as there were positive contributions such as boosting the economy and technology.

Mohamed Fadzli spoke to reporters after the East Coast e-Sport prize presentation ceremony today. Solo category winner Muhammad Idham Fitri Abdullah received RM4,000 and Nur Ahmad Shahfuan Hanafiah’s team won RM7,000 for emerging triumphant in the group category. Wan Muhamad Firdaus Wan Ali took home the championship trophy after being adjudged the best overall player.