So yesterday it was revealed that the Iran government is placing limitations on who can play the hugely popular clash of clans mobile game. the mobile game has become one of the biggest games on mobile devices with the developers super cell claiming that they have over 100 million people people playing the game each day. The block comes from multiple psychologists who are claiming that the game encourages violence and tribalistic conflict.
Fan sites in Iran begun reporting that users we’re having difficulty accessing the mobile game and not being able to login, which prompted the governments response, at the moment it would appear that all users in Iran are having difficulty accessing the game however the government has hinted that this is only temporary. In a statement, Iran’s deputy attorney general Dr Abdolsamad Khoramabadi said the “vast majority” of the committee backed the call to limit who could play the app. multiple sources are claiming that there will be an aged based restriction on the game however nothing yet is official.
This is a sizeable ban for the government to introduce since earlier this year it was reported that roughly 64% of mobile gamers in Iran were playing the game, with techrasa claiming that there are 23 million active mobile gamers in Iran with 64% of these 23 million mobile gamers playing clash of clans this would mean that 14.7 million people living in Iran were playing the game and no longer can. Super Cell are yet to release a statement about this but if true, even if only temporary this is going to remove a sizeable chunk of their daily player base.
This isn’t the first time their government has posed restrictions on mobile games, back in august they placed a full ban on the popular Pokemon go due to their fears about its location based features. Whether this is right or not it would appear that the Iran government is dead set on enforcing this ban. http://supercell.com/en/games/clashofclans/