Usually when a game is banned in a country the company that develops the game is outraged and saddened by the fact that they are going to be losing at least some sales in that country. However that is not the case this time. Battlefield 3 was recently banned in Iran and Iran’s Combatant Clergy Association is making sure that no one is selling the game in their country due to the content in the game that takes place in Iran’s capital city.
To make matters more surprising, it was the Iranian youth that actually called for the ban with a petition. However rather than be saddened about this news, EA is jumping for joy. In fact, a representative told Industry Gamers “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.” In Iran it is common to see pirated games openly for sale with no worry of punishment so it makes a little sense for EA to be happy, still the only way now for Iranians to play the title is to go through illegal means.