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Saudi Arabia bans video games after children’s deaths

These include Grand Theft Auto V, Assassins Creed 2 and Witcher

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Riyadh: Saudi Arabia says it’s banning a long list of popular video games after allegations surfaced that two children killed themselves after being encouraged to do so in an online game.

The Saudi General Commission for Audio-Visual Media said Monday it was banning 47 games, including Grand Theft Auto V, Assassins Creed 2 and Witcher, for unspecified violations of rules and regulations.

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The ban was in response to the deaths of a 13-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy who reportedly killed themselves after playing the so-called “Blue Whale” social media game, though the agency did not say what the connection was.

Also known as the Blue Whale Challenge, participants are said to be given a series of tasks to complete, capped with killing themselves at the end.

Blocked Games List

No.Game name
1Agents of Mayhem
2Assassins Creed 2
3Attack on titan 2
4Bayonetta 2
5Clash of the Titans
6Dante's Inferno
7Dead Rising 3 Apocalypse Edition
9Deception IV : The Nightmare Princess
10Deus Ex Mankind Divided
11Devils Third
12DmC - Definitive edition
13Dragon Age: Inquisition
14Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen
15Draw to Death
16Final Fantasy Dissidia
17Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2
18God of War 1
19God of War 2
20God of War 3
21Grand Theft Auto V
22Heavy Rain
23Hitman: Absolution (2012)
24Life is Strange
25Mafia 2
26Mafia 3
27Metro Redux
29One Piece Burning Blood
30Past Cure
31Prison Architect
32Resident Evil 5
33Resident Evil 6
34Saints Row IV
36Street Fighter V
37Street Fighter 30th  Anniversary
38The Order 1886
39The Saboteur
40The Witcher 3
41The Nonary Game
44Watch Dogs
45Wolfenstein 2
46Wolfenstein: The New Order