Fortnite Has Been Banned in Iraq

A report from Reuters has been released explaining that Iraq's parliament has voted to ban online battle video games, including the hit titles Fortnite and PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS.

The games were banned "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."

The ban also includes any financial transactions related to games of the sort.

This is only the second piece of legislation passed by the current parliament, which was voted into power in September last year. Many Iraqi users criticised the unimportance of video games compared to the current political climate of the country.

"Influential Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, whose political coalition won the largest number of seats in parliament, earlier on Thursday urged Iraqi youth to shun PUBG, calling it addictive. Sadr called on the government to ban it."

It's odd that while Iraq is dealing with the aftermath of dictator Saddam Hussein's rule, U.S. Sanctions and the Iraq War, as well as the war against ISIS, it chooses to focus on banning a harmless game made for teenagers.

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Source: Reuters (via PC Gamer)