In a surprise move, Iraq’s parliament has passed legislation that bans some popular online video games including PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite’s Battle Royale. The lawmakers claim that these online games promote violence, killing, and extreme bloodshed. To put it lightly, Irag does not need any more of that!
“…due to the negative effects caused by some electronic games on the health, culture, and security of Iraqi society, including societal and moral threats to children and youth…”
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), is made by South Korean firm Bluehole Inc. In this game up to 100 players are parachuted onto an island where they have to fend for themselves by finding weapons, ammo, shelter, and food, all while fighting the other players. Epic Game’s Fortnite has a similar theme. Both games are extremely popular with a global membership.
Furthermore, the Indian state Gujarat’s government is also considering banning some of the more violent online games. Other states and countries could be following soon.
Some people have said that this will only drive those games underground where players will have to sneak in a back door and pay extra money to play.