Indonesian minister urges government to ban Fortnite in the country: Here’s why

Fortnite is still not available in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. However, Android users, console players, and PC gamers can still access the game. Now, an Indonesian minister has called for a ban on the game in the country over an alleged user-generated map that features a structure resembling an Islamic holy site. Read also – Best open world games for Android: Genshin Impact, Minecraft and more

Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaja Ono announced on July 5 his intention to pursue the Fortnite ban in Indonesia. Recall that the reason behind this is a piece of It is an electronic game Content from 2019 depicting a structure resembling the Kaaba. The Kaaba is one of the holy places in Islam and is located in the center of the Grand Mosque in Mecca in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Read also – Fortnite leaks: Lebron James will be the next member of the Icon Series, Holly Hatchery POI, Alien Nanites and more

According to a report by CNN IndonesiaThe minister said he was told that the Kaaba-like structure had to be “destroyed” in order to restore new weapons and go to a new level. However, Epic Games He refuted this claim, stating that the building could not be demolished. Read also – OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro flagship phones removed from Geekbench: Here’s why

“Fortnite is in direct conflict with noble values, especially religious values,” Sandiaga said in a statement. “So, I instruct the team to review and issue the ban immediately. We also want to warn some game developers to be careful.”

This decision to follow up on banning the game comes after a recent fatwa (an official ruling on a point of Islamic law) from Muslim scholars at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt against playing Fortnite, after content with a structure resembling the Kaaba was promoted on social media.

Following the backlash, Epic Games released a clarification via a Facebook post on the Fortnite Middle East page on June 30, stating that the content in question was created by a player in Fortnite’s Creative Mode. After clarification, the Indonesian Minister of Communications and Information Johnny J. Plait stated CNN Indonesia That the content in question is user generated, and not an in-game item designated by the developers of Fortnite.

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