The Iraqi government cracked down on popular first-person shooter games Fortnite and PUBG on a majority vote by the parliament.\r\n\r\nLegislators cited the negative effects of these violent games to the youth, according to the Reuters report.\r\n\r\nIn hindsight, the ban is to be expected as the country is still reeling from years of civil war and bloodshed. The country actually just held its election in 2018 after many years of instability.\r\n\r\nIraq was held by ISIS terrorists until they were defeated and driven out by Kurdish fighters and the Shia forces in 2017.\r\n\r\nIn September last year, the legislators took their oath in Iraq and started the long process to bring normalcy.\r\n\r\nThe resolution that banned Fortnite and PUBG in Iraq cited the \u201cnegative effects\u201d caused by these games.\r\n\r\nThe ban could extend to other \u201celectronic games\u201d which pose a risk on the culture, health, and security of the country. It particularly cited the \u201csocietal and moral threats\u201d to the youth and children of Iraq.\r\n\r\nJust last week, influential cleric Moqtada Al Sadr said that games like PlayerUnknown\u2019s Battlegrounds are not good for the youth.\r\n\r\nHe said there\u2019s nothing to gain from these games, and the youth should spend their time doing something worthwhile. Al Sadr said that PUBG is not an \u201cintellectual game.\u201d People won\u2019t learn anything if they \u201ckilled one or two people\u201d in the game.\r\n\r\nApart from Al Sadr\u2019s warning, the Kurdish Union of Islamic Scholars also declared PUBG as \u201charam\u201d or forbidden in Islam. The conservative group said that the game only served to waste the youth\u2019s time.\r\n\r\nAccording to several reports, fatwas have been issued against PUBG in Iraq. A fatwa is a pronouncement only declared by a Mufti or an Islamic scholar. It\u2019s a non-binding legal pronouncement, however, but Muslims are guided by the fatwas in their practice of Islam.\r\n\r\nIraq is not the first country to ban PUBG. Last week, Nepal issued an edict to make it unlawful to play the game in the country. In fact, those who violate the law will face arrest. The Nepalese lawmakers cited the risk of addiction and violence on the country\u2019s youth.\r\n\r\nThat\u2019s not all, last month, 10 Indian students were arrested by the police for playing PUBG. Apparently, the game is banned in Gujarat state even if it\u2019s legal in the rest of the country.\r\n\r\nThe ban was issued after parents have expressed concerns on the \u201cevils\u201d of violent video games. The students made bail on the same day.