Iraq parliament bans online battle games, citing ‘negative’ influence

BAGHDAD: Iraq's parliament voted on April 17 to ban popular online videogames including PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite, citing their "negative" influence especially on the young in a country long plagued by real-life bloodshed.


Iraq held its first election in 2018 after years of devastating factional violence. Islamic State militants held wide swathes of the country for three years until they were driven out in heavy fighting with...