According to a report by Reuters, online battle games such as Fortnite Battle Royale and Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds have been banned in the Country of Iraq.

On Wednesday, April 17th, 2019, Iraq’s parliament voted to ban popular online battle video games, citing “negative” influence on the young in a country which has a history of war and bloodshed.

Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, an Iraqi whose political coalition won the largest number of seats in parliament, earlier on Thursday, April 11th, 2019, urged Iraqi youth to shun games such as PUBG, calling it addictive and calling for the government to ban it…

What will you gain if you killed one or two people in PUBG? It is not a game for intelligence or a military game that provides you with the correct way to fight.

After months of disputed results and ballot box recounts, lawmakers were sworn in September of 2018. These are the lawmakers who approved a resolution that mandated the government to bar online access to the games and ban related financial transactions.

The text of the resolution is includes the following…

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.

Many Iraqi citizens have criticized these lawmakers via social media following the ruling. Iraq is no stranger to corruption, with basic services such as water and electricity lacking in quality and availability.

Epic Games has yet to respond to this situation, we’ll keep you updated.

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  1. I love how Iraq has larger issues like ISIS and (as the article mentions) a shortage of water or electricity but they decide to focus on video games. Thank you Iraq government for continuing to show why people are moving to America

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