Video games in the UAE
It’s one of the fastest growing industries in the country, and Abu Dhabi has just announced a partnership to build a huge studio for multi-player online games.
August 5, 2009 6:42 by Aarti Nagraj
The UAE has been severe about the content of the video games released in the country. In April this year, Electronic Art’s Godfather II video game was banned because it features scenes of nudity and swearing.
In April last year, shops in the country were stopped from selling one of the most eagerly anticipated games of the year, Grand Theft Auto IV, for showing scenes unacceptable in the UAE. Previous GTA titles have also been banned in the UAE in the past.
Another game that didn’t get past the UAE censors is the 18-rated video game God of War, which encourages players to kill different “gods” to reach the next level.
In 2007, Call of Duty 4 was also banned for allowing players to shoot at Muslim soldiers and mosques.