Indonesia minister asks for Fortnite to be banned from the country because of user-created content

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An Indonesian minister has called for Fortnite to be banned from the country over a user-generated map showing an Islamic holy site.

An Indonesian minister has called for Fortnite to be banned from the country due to a user-generated map that allows the creation of a sacred in-game structure to be destroyed. As reported by CNN Indonesia and GamesIndustry.



Indonesia's Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno announced plans to ban Fortnite in the country following the discovery of a user-created map that allegedly allows players to destroy a building similar to the Kaaba, a holy site for Muslims.

Epic Games made a statement on the Fortnite Middle East Facebook page clarifying that the map was in fact created by a community member in creative mode and the building cannot be destroyed on the map. “We would like to emphasize that our team respects all religions and works closely with our game content creators to provide a safe gaming experience for all our players.”

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When contacted for further comment, Epic directed GameSpot to its Facebook statement.

Prior to Epic's statement, Sandiaga said he heard that the structure could be destroyed on the map and players would receive weapons and level advancement to destroy it.

“The Fortnite game is directly against high values, especially religious ones,” Sandiaga said in a statement. "This can trigger disrespectful behavior among religious communities and encourage acts of violence."

Sandiaga said he had instructed a team to investigate the situation and ban it, hoping to "alert some game developers to be careful."


Indonesia's Minister of Communication and Information, Johnny G. Plate, acknowledged that the map was created by a user and not by Epic. Indonesia's national police are working to track down the map's creator.



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