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You can’t play Fortnite in Iraq now.

, You can’t play Fortnite in Iraq now., Tech chums

Iraq’s parliament, on April 17, has voted to ban PlayerUnknown’s Battleground (PUBG) and Fortnite in the country owing to the violent nature of these games.

Fortnite and PUBG share similarity in their fundamentals. Both games belong to the Battle Royale genre. In this mode, the players land on a part of the map and have to survive till the end. The players find items like guns, and other “loot” throughout the map which keeps getting smaller. The last player to survive gets “Victory Royale” in Fortnite and “Chicken Dinner” in PUBG which are just fancy names meaning winner.

PUBG has graphics which are quite realistic while Fortnite has animated cartoon-like theme. Now the government officials which came into power in 2018 have elected to ban these two games as well as all the in-game purchases.

As conveyed by Reuters, the Iraqi government believes that such games promote violence which causes an imbalance in the society. These games are also believed to be a threat towards the culture and health of the Iraqi society. Moreover, these games, supposedly, create moral issues within the younger section.

Iraq’s Shi’ite Moqtada al-Sadr, an influential personality in the parliament wrote: “What will you gain if you killed one or two people in PUBG?”. He also went on to say that these games don’t depict the right way to fight.

This move by the authorities is being heavily criticized, especially, by the fans of these games in the country. People are resorting to social media as a platform to air their voice. Some people are even doubting the government’s ability to actually enforce the ban the country.

The ban imposed in Iraq is not especially surprising. China has had a history of banning violent video games and India too is following the same trend. It banned the mobile version of PUBG, the PUBG Mobile because of the rise in the number of accidents and addiction among the youth.

Soon, more countries will be joining this list and thus the question arises, is this policing by the government justified? It more or less depends on the person’s perspective and if he/she is playing these video games. But this move certainly hurts the sentiments of dedicated gaming fans who just want to enjoy. Moreover, this might also have an impact on the gaming studios and their philosophy of design. We’ll have to see how this situation unfolds in the future.