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Iraq’s Parliament bans Fortnite Battle Royale and PUBG

Published: 21/Apr/2019 23:27 Updated: 21/Apr/2019 23:35

by Bill Cooney


The Iraqi Parliament voted on Wednesday, April 17 to ban both Fortnite Battle Royale and Player Unkown’s Battlegrounds because of their “negative” influence on the country’s youth.

Fortnite Battle Royale is undoubtedly one of the most popular video games in the world and PUBG still retains a large, loyal following of players.

According to a report from Reuters, Lawmakers who were elected in Iraq’s first elections in 2018 after years of violence, passed a resolution that blocks online access to the game as well as banning related financial transactions, like buying V-Bucks.

Epic GamesFortnite BR, released in 2017, is one of the most popular games in the world.

No more Fortnite in Iraq?

According to Reuters, Fortnite  BR and PUBG were banned “due to the negative effects caused by some electronic games on the health, culture, and security of Iraqi society, including societal and moral threats to children and youth.”

By banning access to the games and their microtransactions, it looks like playing Fortnite Battle Royale and PUBG could soon be illegal in Iraq.

Soon after news of the new ban was announced the Iraqi Parliament, whose only other piece of passed legislation was Iraq’s federal budget law in January, were heavily criticized for seemingly misplaced priorities.

Influential Iraqi Shi’ite Moqtada al-Sadr, whose political coalition holds the majority of seats in Parliament, called on the nation’s youths to reject violent video games on Thursday, April 18.

“What will you gain if you killed one or two people in PUBG?” He wrote in a two-page statement. “It is not a game for intelligence or a military game that provides you with the correct way to fight.”

PUBGPUBG is currently banned in multiple countries.

Could more countries ban “violent” games?

PUBG is already banned in India, Nepal and China, even though Chinese company Tencent is an investor in both PUBG and Fortnite.

As mentioned earlier, Iraqi Fortnite fans have been in uproar over the decision on social media, with some doubting the government’s ability to follow through with the ban.

Other countries, like China, have a history of banning “violent” video games, but it might be too soon to tell if this is the start of a larger trend.


Ali-A uncovers teasers for future Fortnite skins: Matrix, Witcher, Ant-Man & more

Published: 22/Jan/2021 17:13

by Daniel Megarry


YouTuber and longtime Fortnite superfan Alastair ‘Ali-A’ Aiken has discovered big clues for more crossover skins that could be coming soon to the game.

Season 5 of Fortnite kicked off with a bang as The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda arrived on The Island. Since then, we’ve seen God of War’s Kratos, Halo’s Master Chief, The Walking Dead’s Daryl and Michonne, and even Predator get their own skins.

So who’s coming next? Well, Ali-A has some ideas based on a hint list that was sent to him by Fortnite creators Epic Games themselves, and it seems as though more epic movie crossovers are on their way.

The Matrix 4
Warner Bros.
Could Neo or Trinity from The Matrix be coming to Fortnite?

What new skins are coming in Fortnite Season 5?

In a new video celebrating the arrival of Terminator, Ali-A also revisited a list of items that he’d been sent by Epic Games, with each item acting as a teaser for a ‘hunter’ that would be coming to the game at some point during Season 5.

It appears that many hints on the list have already been discovered: The cup is The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda; the sunglasses are Terminator; the face paint is Kratos; the mud mask is Predator; and the syrup is Mancake, for example.

As for the remaining items on the list, there are some very interesting theories about who they could relate to, and which iconic characters could be coming to The Island next.

Ali-A explains that the Ant-Farm item is most likely a hint at Ant-Man finally joining the game, as he was given his own point of interest during Season 4’s Marvel extravaganza but was never added as a character.

The red and blue jellybeans could be a hint towards characters from The Matrix. This will likely be either Neo or Trinity, as they’re both set to return in the upcoming sequel Matrix 4 that’s due out later in 2021.

Tokens also appear as an item on the list, and Ali-A believes this is a hint towards The Witcher protagonist Geralt, especially as the Netflix adaptation of the game features a song called Toss A Coin To Your Witcher.

Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher
A crossover with The Witcher could be coming to Fortnite.

A baseball bat could be a hint towards Scout from Team Fortress 2, or it could have pointed to The Walking Dead crossover that already happened. Similarly, space bananas could be a hint towards Samus Aran from Metroid, or it could have just been about Master Chief.

Elsewhere, the golden back scratcher is likely going to represent the long-rumored Female Midas skin, as it links up with the ‘Midas Touch’ myth. As for the hand wraps, even Ali-A is unsure what they could hint towards, but it could be a boxer of some sort.

We’ll have to wait and see whether any of these crossover skin predictions come true before Season 5 of Fortnite comes to an end on March 15, 2021.