Battlefield 3 has been banned in Iran and Iranian Police has arrested shop owners for secretly selling the game there, according to a report.
The game has been outlawed over its fictional depiction of US' invasion of Tehran. Battlefield 3 isn't officially available in the region but pirate copies of popular games are commonly widely available.
A Tehran-based IT union has warned vendors not to sell the banned title, but some have already suffered the consequences of doing so, according to one shop owner's testimony, who said police had already "raided (some shops) and arrested owners for selling the game secretly" even before the ban had been introduced.
EA isn't too miffed about it. "In that Battlefield 3 is not available for purchase in Iran, we can only hope the ban will help prevent pirated copies reaching consumers there," said the publisher.
An online petition of 5000 "Iranian youths" campaigning against the game's sale says: "We understand that the story of a videogame is hypothetical ... (but) we believe the game is purposely released at a time when the US is pushing the international community into fearing Iran."
Yup. EA purposefully timed the release of its multi-million dollar blockbuster video game to be part of a sinister political propaganda campaign.
In more important matters, EA has sent over a new trailer for Battlefield 3's Back to Karkand expansion pack, and it looks frickin' sweet!