Battlefield 3 Officially Banned In Iran

Scenes of Destruction in BF3

Battlefield 3 has been banned in Iran. Although BF3 was never actually released in Iran, retailers have been selling pirated copies. I doubt they will continue though as police have been raiding stores looking for BF3 copies and even going so far as to arrest store owners.

The Iranian government got ticked off when they saw a fictional assault on the Iranian capitol, Tehran by US troops, where there are scenes of graphic violence. This is the first ever time a game has been officially banned from Iran. Hopefully the people with copies can keep them from the government’s hands as Battlefield 3 is a great game, the most realistic war game I’ve played to date. I’m sure if President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad played Battlefield 3 he wouldn’t have banned the game from the country. My only worry is other countries following suit and start banning similar games, like France banning Modern Warfare 3 for taking down the Eiffel Tower?

On top of this, a group of Iranian youths have started an online petition against the game. The petition has over five thousand signatures and the Youths have said ‘We believe the game is purposely released at a time when the US is pushing the international community into fearing Iran.’ I guess EA will be happy their games are no longer being illegally purchased as well as the youths it seems.

Let’s hope this is the first and last game to be banned from Iran.

Let me know what you think, leave a comment in the comment box below.


We're looking for writers and editors to join the team. Interested? Apply today!