Fortnite Declared "Blasphemous" To Islam In Indonesia, Faces Potential Ban

Jason Winter
By Jason Winter, News Editor July 7, 2021
Share:

People, especially older people, have had a lot of issues with Fortnite, whether it's about children spending too much money in it or just the nature of the game itself. ("So you're a banana and you shoot Thanos?") We've documented a few of these troubles (here and here), but Indonesia might be banning it for reasons unrelated to its all-encompassing popularity or addictive nature.

The South China Morning Post is reporting that the country's Tourism and Creative Economy Minister, Sandiaga Uno, has branded the game as "blasphemous" due to a viral video that shows a Fortnite player wielding a scythe and walking around an area that resembles the Great Mosque of Mecca, the Masjid al-Haram, as well as the Kaaba, which Muslims around the world face as they kneel for their daily prayers.

The video in question has been in circulation since 2019.

Sandiaga said that the Kaaba-like structure "must be destroyed by the players in order to earn new weapons and level up" and instructed his staff to research the game to discover whether it should be banned from the country. According to Fortnite's Middle Eastern representatives, the Kaaba in the game was made by a fan in creative mode and doesn't exist in the game's official version.

We've known for a long time that games that allow users to create their own content run the risk of producing something offensive -- "TTP" or "time to penis" was a phrase that was coined to estimate how long after such tools were offered that it would take for someone to produce something resembling genitalia. Basic obscenities and vulgarities are the sorts of things that game developers usually stamp out quickly, but maybe they need to expand their scope to potentially blasphemous religious iconography, especially if something like this has been out in the wild for two years.

Share:
Got a news tip? Contact us directly here!


About the Author

Jason Winter
Jason Winter, News Editor
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

Discussion (3)

rickshaw@hotmail.com 6 months ago
I can not help religions who set rules as its their own inflictions they choose to abide by.
Simple answer: turn the computer off.
My story...
Many years ago, books were written to keep followers and people locked into a circle of rules keeping them suppressed by these readings, it worked..it was called a religion. .so the birth of religion began by one writer and was later re written to make the story sound greater.
Facts: there are none. But..today we can still find dinosaurs bones.
So...If your gaming...just ignore this as religion is just a book readers followers club anyway.
TURN THE OFF SWITCH TO OFF!!
its simple.

View 2 replies

You May Enjoy

Dead By Daylight Devs To Remove Leatherface Masks Following Racist Harassment

Dead By Daylight Devs To Remove Leatherface Masks Following Racist Harassment

"We will not tolerate hateful activity" and "we absolutely condemn this behaviour."

By Jason Winter - 2 weeks ago
Top 5 Free to Play Weekly Stories - FPS Game Spectacular: Valorant, Fortnite, LEAP, and More! Ep 496

Top 5 Free to Play Weekly Stories - FPS Game Spectacular: Valorant, Fortnite, LEAP, and More! Ep 496

We've got a LOT of FPS game news this week, including a new one on the horizon!

By Michael Byrne - 4 days ago
Logistics Players In WW2 MMO Foxhole Go On Strike

Logistics Players In WW2 MMO Foxhole Go On Strike

Outlines 10 pain points in the game, including too much snow.

By Jason Winter - 4 days ago
Celebrate The Lunar New Year With Team Fight Tactics’ Gifts Of The Golden Lantern Event

Celebrate The Lunar New Year With Team Fight Tactics’ Gifts Of The Golden Lantern Event

Earn firecrackers, a Year of the Tiger egg, and more.

By QuintLyn Bowers - 1 day ago
Jagex Brought In Over $160 Million, Hit Records In Membership In 2020

Jagex Brought In Over $160 Million, Hit Records In Membership In 2020

Also added over 100 new employees during first pandemic year.

By Jason Winter - 1 week ago
Eville, The Social Deduction Game That Has Actual Jobs For You To Do, Entered Open Beta Today

Eville, The Social Deduction Game That Has Actual Jobs For You To Do, Entered Open Beta Today

Be an upstanding member of Eville society or be the murderer.

By QuintLyn Bowers - 17 hours ago
See More
Live Giveaways