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Iran Bans Mobile Video Game For Promoting Violence & “Tribal Conflict”

January 03, 2017

Last week, The Ministry of Justice in Iran blocked the popular Supercell MMO strategy game “Clash of Clans” because psychologists believe the game promotes violence and “tribal conflict.” The recommendation for the ban from the Committee for Determining Instances of Criminal Content came after the committee consulted with psychologists who studied the negative effects of the game.

According to the report, psychologists determined that the game was too addictive for young people and was causing harm to their family lives.

Nearly every mobile gamer in Iran has heard of Clash of Clans and, according to a report by Venture Beat, the majority of mobile gamers in the country have played it.

Gamers initially had issues logging into the game, but it was then later confirmed that the app had been removed by Cafe Bazaar, the most popular third-party app store in Iran. Before being placed in the Iranian app store, players had to download the game through foreign app marketplaces.

Iran is well known for their strict stance on games and digital platforms. In August, the country became the first one to ban Pokemon Go over security concerns. They also filter other digital platforms such as Youtube, Facebook and Twitter.

Rumors are being spread that Supercell’s other title, Clash Royale, which is a spin-off of Clash of Clans, will also be banned in the country.