Country that banned famous Video Games

Governments are criticized for banning games for many reasons. Some of the games and the reason while surely be a WTF MOMOENT..!!! to some of you. I have listed down some of the famous games that were ban by some of the countries some for the valid reason and some with LOL Reason.

Pokemon Go
Release: July 2016
Ban In: Iran, Gujarat, India
Reason: Security Threat and religious sentiments
Pokemon Go is free-to-play, location based augmented reality game developed with the collaboration of Niantic and Nintendo. This
game was the biggest hit was played by many, but not loved by all. People are suing Niantic for several reasons, many include trespassing someone’s property. This game was initially blocked by many countries for posing danger to public safety and hurting religious sentiments. Mentioning the religion of the petitioners, the plea said they can demonstrate that “an augmented reality game depicting virtual eggs around a place of worship cannot be superimposed and inferred as a violation of religious sentiments”. This Game has won many awards from Best Mobile Game 2016 to Game Innovation. But sadly this game is not loved in many countries.


Battlefield 4
Release: October 2013
Ban In: China
Reason: National Security Risk
Battlefield 4 is a first person shooter video game developed by EA DICE and published by Electronics Arts. It was loved for its multiplayer mode, gameplay, and graphics, but was also criticized for its short and shallow single-player campaign mode. This game was viewed as the national security risk in the form of a cultural invasion as the DLC includes four maps on the Chinese mainland. China banned the sale of this game, requesting stores and online vendors to remove the game and encouraging those who have already purchased the game to remove it from their consoles and/or PCs.


Football Manager 2005
Release: November 2004
Ban In: China
Reason: Sovereignty and risk to territorial integrity
Football Manager 2005 a popular simulation game from Football Manager computer series. Developed by Sports Interactive and published by Sega. It was ban in China as Taiwan and Tibet were included as 2 separate countries in imported releases. They felt that it threatened its content harmful to China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity that seriously violates Chinese law and has been strongly protested by our nation’s gamers.


I.G.I – 2: Covert Strike
Release: March 2003
Ban In: China
Reason: Damaging Chinese Army Sentiments
I.G.I – 2
is an action shooting computer game, a stealth based first person shooter developed Innerloop Studios and published by CodeMasters. This game version was released with major updates like multiplayer and saving the game progress which was lacking in an earlier version. This game was banned in China as game plot’s features a rogue Chinese General “WU XING” as the primary antagonist. It features various events like arm robbery of advance prototype technology from Russia mafia in order to get electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weaponry on a space rocket that he has launch control over. So in order to prevent damage to Chinese army this game was banned in China.


Counter Strike
Release: November 2000 (First Version)
Ban In: Brazil
Reason: Inciting Violence and Harmful to human
Counter Strike(CS) is a multiplayer first person video game, in which 2 teams Terrorist and Counter Terrorist battle respectively. Developed by Valve Corporation, Turtle Rock Studio and published by Valve Corporation and Sierra Entertainment. One perpetrates an act of terror like bombing and Hostage-taking and other prevent it by bomb defused and rescuing hostages. It was released as a modification to Half-Life, then the right of game’s intellectual property was acquired by Value Corporation, the developer from Half-Life. CS was accused of inciting violence and stated as ’harmful to human’.
Main Series includes:
– Counter Strike
– Counter Strike: Condition Zero
– Counter Strike: Source
– Counter Strike: Global Offense


Release: August 2009
Ban In: Australia
Reason: Game uses Drugs as incentives or rewards.
CrimeCraft a free play online PWNS dubbed (Persistent World Next Generation) developed by Vogster Entertainment and published by THQ. This game revolves around a gang warfare, combining role-playing elements as well as an MMO environment. A large, persistent city acts as the game’s lobby where players can form gangs, accept missions and buy new weapons. This game was restricted by Australian Government as this game uses drugs as a reward to complete any mission.


Release: November 2002
Ban In: Australia
Reason: Adult Content (Too Notorious)
BMX XXX is a sports video game developed by Z-Axis and published by Acclaim Entertainment. Using nudity, foul language and Adult Humor they became famous among the youth in a notorious way. Topless model and video clips of real life strippers with bare breasts were some of the notorious acts in the game. The original game was ban in Australia, and sale with all adult content removed was allowed. The uncensored version is still available on GameCube, Xbox and PlayStation 2 version.


Mortal Kombat
Release: October 1992
Ban In: South Korea
Reason: Extreme Violent Content
Mortal Kombat originally developed by Midway Games Chicago studio. Warner Bros acquired Midway Games Chicago studio development team when a company was bankrupted. Two characters with virtually identical to one other, with an only major difference being their special moves. All the series was styled in 2D fighting fashion. Various games in the series were banned in several countries for an obvious rift between the gamers and the adult society. The extremely violent content was the reason given by the South Korean Government.


Half Life
Release: November 1998
Ban In: South Korea
Reason: Extreme Violence

Half Life is a first person shooter video game developed by Value and release by Sierra Studio for Microsoft Windows. Players assume the role of Dr. Gordon Freeman, who must fight his way out goes disastrously wrong, fighting enemies and solving puzzles. Due to extreme violence government of Singapore decides to ban, but the ban was taken off after a week as a petition was file by the local authority as a game was release for more than a year and it will impact local LAN and retailers.


Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Release: November 2007
Ban In: South Korea
Reason: This game was banned after players all over the GCC noticed that the picture frames are some maps had quotations from the Quran but not every picture frame but the ones in the toilet which was very offensive to the Muslims playing this game. The ban has since been lifted after developers removed the text on the frames.
COD 4 is a first person shooter game developed by Infinity Ward and published by Activision. The story takes place in the year 2011, where a radical leader has executed the president of an unnamed country in the Middle East, and an ultra nationalist movement ignites a civil war in Russia. The game features modern equipment and new features, many exclusive to the multiplayer part of the game, such as “killstreaks”; killing a number of enemies without the player dying in between kills allows access to various assets including airstrikes and helicopter support. This game was banned after players all over the GCC noticed that the picture frames are some maps had quotations from the Quran but not every picture frame but the ones in the toilet which was very offensive to the Muslims playing this game. The ban has since been lifted after developers removed the text on the frames.