Video game enthusiasts in several Middle Eastern countries were shocked to find out that the second release of their favorite game, The Last of US, wasn't listed in their countries.
تقارير تشير الى حجب لعبة The last of us 2 في السعودية pic.twitter.com/oL50q4vIJR— Gorgeous (@Gorgeous_ew) May 26, 2020
Translation: "Reports indicate that The Last of US 2 has been banned in Saudi Arabia."
Similarly, gamers in the UAE reported not being able to find the game even when they searched for it in the game store.
Twitter users noted that the sexual content of Sony's game, according to the ESRB rating, could be the main reason the game hasn't been approved in the two Gulf countries that are known for having very conservative traditions.
Additionally, users who searched for information about the game trying to figure out the reason why it may have been banned in their countries, learned that the game includes a same-sex relationship between two women, which could explain the ban.
رسمياً— We Heard Rumors (@whrumor) May 26, 2020
لعبة "The Last Of Us 2" محجوبة في الشرق الأوسط بسبب المحتوى الجنسي (المثليه ??)! pic.twitter.com/upGSR3oiev
Translation: "The Last of Us 2 has been officially banned in the Middle East over its gay content."
Gay relationships are still a major taboo in Middle Eastern countries, especially in the GCC. Most Arab countries still have laws that criminalize same-sex relationships.
أحد المستخدمين الإمارتيين لجهاز PS4 على منصة Reddit لاحظ عدم تواجد لعبة The Last of Us Part 2 على متجر بلايستيشن الإماراتي فتواصل مع دعم المتجر وكان ردهم أنه في حاله عدم توافر اللعبة في المتجر المحلي فأنه قد تم حظرها من قبل السلطات والشركة لا تستطيع القيام بأي شئ حيال ذلك. pic.twitter.com/2oEYHurZgp— Games Mix (@Games_Mixx) May 26, 2020
Translation: "an Emirati user of PS4 wrote on Reddit that he couldn't find The Last of Us 2 on the Emirati PlayStation store. He said he contacted the store and they responded that the game is not available locally due to being banned by officials. The company can't do anything about it."
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