Sandiaga Uno, Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, declared on July 5 that he intends to pursue a Fortnite ban in the country.
The Apple App Store and Google Play Store still don’t have Fortnite. Android users, console gamers, and PC gamers, on the other hand, can still play the game. An Indonesian minister has now requested for the game to be banned in the country due to a purported user-generated map that includes a structure that looks like a holy Islamic shrine.
Sandiaga Uno, Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, declared on July 5 that he intends to pursue a Fortnite ban in the country. He claims it’s because of a piece of Fortnite material from 2019 that portrays a structure that looks like the Kaaba. The Kaaba is one of Islam’s holiest places, located in the heart of Mecca’s Masjid al-Haram Mosque.
According to CNN Indonesia, the Minister has been advised that the Kaaba-like edifice must be “destroyed” in order to acquire new weaponry and go to the next level. Epic Games, on the other hand, has denied the report, claiming that the edifice cannot be demolished.
Sandiaga said in a statement that the game Fortnite is “clearly against noble ideals, notably religious values.” “As a result, I direct the team to conduct a review and issue an immediate ban. We’d also like to issue a cautionary warning to some game developers.”
Following a fatwa (a formal ruling on a point of Islamic law) issued by Muslim experts at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, against playing Fortnite after material with a structure like the Kaaba trended on social media, the decision to pursue a ban on the game was made.
Following the criticism, Epic Games clarified the situation in a Facebook post on its Fortnite Middle East page on June 30. The content in question was made by a player in Fortnite’s Creative Mode, according to Epic Games. Following the clarification, Indonesia’s Minister of Communication and Information, Johnny G Plate, informed CNN Indonesia that the content in question was user-generated, rather than a Fortnite gaming aspect.