One of the most-admired game for smartphones, Supercell’s Clash of Clans, is now banned in Iran. The government said the game’s content promotes tribal warfare.
Over the years, this is not the first instance when the Iranian government censored something on the Internet in an effort to control exposure to what it believes is radical and inappropriate content for its citizens. As recommended by Iran’s Ministry of Justice, it has been suggested that the mobile game app Clash of Clans should be banned in the country. The suggestions were given by the country’s Committee for Determining Instances of Criminal Content.
In the hours since the announcement, Iranian fan sites have reported that a number of players are now having trouble connecting to the game, making play impossible.
At the time it’s unclear whether the game will be banned permanently, or be placed behind an age restriction filter further down the line.
This isn’t the first instance of a popular mobile title being banned in Iran. Earlier this year Niantic’s augmented reality effort Pokemon Go was blocked in the region due to “security concerns” relating to the its use of location technology.