According to recent reports China has gone on an all-out rampage over Battlefield 4 and has completely banned the game, demanding that all downloads, Raiders, patches, and news relating to the tile be deleted. The reason? The game is considered to contain content that endangers Chinese national security.
All news surrounding the ban on the game have since been deleted but several sources have managed to retain the information on who issued the ban and why. The Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China issued a notice that declares Battlefield 4 illegal in China, the statement reads:
Ministry of Culture: Battlefield 4 is an illegal video game, with content that endangers national security. It is an aggressive attack on our culture. After the ban of Battlefield 4, we demand that all items related to the game — downloads, Raiders, patches and news — are to be deleted.
This ban follows the release of the China Rising DLC which launched a few weeks ago which was met with a fair bit of criticism from Chinese media who saw the DLC, as well as some content in the game, as “discrediting China’s image abroad and distorting the truth.”
The move may not be surprising to some that have played Battlefield 4 and appreciate the nature of China’s communist government and the way they enforce their rule over Chinese citizens.
In a nation that enforces a large censorship of the internet and that boasts the largest recorded number of imprisoned journalists and cyber-dissidents in the world it is hardly a shock that a game that features the Chinese military as the main enemy has been wiped from existence.
The endangerment of national security may arise from the fact that the storyline of Battlefield 4 revolves around a military coup in China, which results in a fictional navy admiral, one Chang Wei, overthrowing the Chinese government.
That the Chinese government want to ban a game on such grounds may seem strange to some but when any sort of anti-government remarks are shut down swiftly a game that spins a story that results in the government losing control of the country is hardly going to go unnoticed by the powers that be.
It is also worth noting that banning games consoles and their games is hardly a new art in China, it is a country that banned the sales of games consoles for 13 years due to a fear of their effect on children within the country.
The reason that the Battlefield 4 ban has gained some traction is the fact that the 13-year ban was revoked earlier in the year and it was rumoured that new President, Xi Jinping, would be a more liberal and reformist leader than his conservative predecessors, however the full-on removal from existence of Battlefield 4 is a move from the playbook of old.