The Iraqi parliament voted to ban the spread of violent video games; accused Fortnite shooter and PLAYERUNKNOWN BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG) cited as important titles that will be banned across the country
“Social and moral threats to children and young people” – with this note, the commission defined the spread of the video game phenomenon across the planet.
The government will block online access to these games and also block financial transactions for games.
The resolution stated that the ban is necessary “because of the negative effects caused by some electronic games on the health, culture and safety of Iraqi society, including social and moral threats to children and young people”.
It is not yet known what other games will be banned or how the government will decide which games should be banned, in the coming days a complete list of censorship games will be drawn up.
Before the vote, the Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr pushed for a ban and urged young Iraqis to stop playing PUBG, which he described as compelling. “What will you earn if you killed one or two people in PUBG? It is not a game for intelligence, or a military game that gives you the correct way to fight “.
The country has been plagued by factional violence over the years, with the Iraqi civil war lasting between 2014-2017. Iraq held its first elections in 2018, although the only legislation passed by parliament before the resolution was its federal budget.