In more gaming news bleeding into the real world, Pokémon Go has been banned in Iran due to “security concerns.” According to the BBC (via Eurogamer), Iran’s High Council of Virtual Spaces – the governing body for online activity in the country – made the ruling.
The governing body hasn’t clarified what the alleged security concerns are. Previously there was some controversy about the amount of information developer Niantic had access to with one’s Google Account, thought they later clarified that this was a bug and would be fixed.
The augmented reality monster catching game could also be seeing the ban over religious reasons. In 2001, the Pokémon card game was banned via fatwa (religious ruling), as it contained “forbidden images,” linked to Christianity and Judaism, thought to be propaganda. The BBC claims that Pokémon Go has fallen under the same fatwa.
This isn’t the first country to take a hard stance on the wildly popular game. Russia thinks the game is a Western spy tool, used to disrupt the nation.