Report: China bans Battlefield 4, calls it threat to national security

Chinese government's Ministry of Culture reportedly bans EA's latest military shooter.

The Chinese government has banned Electronic Arts' military FPS Battlefield 4 because it contains content that threatens national security, the country's Ministry of Culture has said.

The Wall Street Journal points out that this decision is not likely to negatively impact EA's business because the publisher doesn't sell Battlefield 4 in China.

The ban comes after the release of downloadable expansion China Rising, which features four multiplayer maps on the Chinese mainland.

An official copy of the Ministry's announcement is not yet available and an EA representative declined to comment on the story.

Last week, a Chinese newspaper accused Battlefield 4 of "discrediting China's image" and "distorting the truth in an effort to mislead young people."

China lifted its 13-year console ban in September with the creation of a new free-trade zone in Shanghai.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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dieyie
dieyie

This is unfair to the Chinese public, but hey at least got Call of Duty online.

raddys2001
raddys2001

Its a video game that's like stating that everyone from Kazakhstan is like Borat.  And I though the tea party was nutty

grove12345
grove12345

guess it makes sense. I cant blame them

Alpha_Wolf30
Alpha_Wolf30

So....God forbid the US and China go to war..... Are you telling me that all we have to do is set some traps with PS4s playing Battlefield 4 and the Chinese troops will start a revolt against their own government ???....WTF ?!?!

bernardw
bernardw

Easy to understand , they ban everything that would have any chances undermine the rule of the party , BF4 is just a game but in their eyes BF4 is showing the possibilities of armed uprising against the party .

In China , party = state , in that way you can understand why .

Darth_Aloysius
Darth_Aloysius

My god, the Chinese still have a Ministry of Culture...

limbo12
limbo12

Well isn't this a smug little article aimed at whipping up nationalist fervor against China. See below comments.

limbo12
limbo12

Well, I don't know about BF4, but the US certainly is!

so_hai
so_hai

Human rights mean nothing, but a fictional depiction of a war with no real world implications is horrific.

lostn
lostn

China is scared of a video game... I guess it's not as bad as the middle east.

justerthought
justerthought

Threatens national security? Paranoia is alive and kicking when a game can rock a nations government. The true threat to Chinese national security comes from the fact that the majority of the population are living in poverty as communists, with a rich upper class living like capitalists. That cannot continue because it is not true communism and the people will eventually revolt.

gowofwarKratos
gowofwarKratos

I am playing BF4 everyday, I am not chinese, but I live in China.  Maybe for PC players might be a problem, as for consoles, it's working fine so far :) And you still can buy BF4 on online stores. 

ahpuck
ahpuck

The Chinese are hilarious. A videogame can be a threat to their security, but all the smog and pollution covering their cities is great for national security.

t-16
t-16

Lol silly commies.

tzolynski
tzolynski

Could give a shit about what china is doing real plain and simple.... Sucks for those who want to play it that live there but by the time its actually working correctly they might lift the ban which should be by the end of the year.

brewed100
brewed100

Their house, their rules. Don't like it? Lump it. Not because 'the west' is gung ho about something doesn't mean everyone's gotta be on board. Nobody said countries must evolve lock step with the US - hell the US to this day can't even convert to the metric system.


I'm not Asian but you clowns always want to dip your crap into other's affairs. Would you like it if your neighbors came into your house and told you how to run your family? No.


Mind yours, let them do their thing. If they're to 'come around' it'll be when they're ready.

Kushlius
Kushlius

China and russia can ban whatever they want. Dumb countries.

coolbeans1
coolbeans1

Imagine the hell to pay there will be when the ®ussians discover Rush'n Attack.

amg503
amg503

Battlefield 4 then froze up, which China called a threat to the space-time continuum.

Ninjalawpsn
Ninjalawpsn

They should have just banned EA altogether and saved themselves from 1.354 billion headaches! 

amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

Threat to government popularity, but a threat to national security?  This sounds like a high level secretary walked into his office and said, "Today's agenda: 'X is a threat to national security'.  Whose turn is it to pick a western product?"

okassar
okassar

The only threat is in that people will go nuts once they experience all the glitches and horrible latency spikes playing the game.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

They're frickin multiplayer maps you idiots.  The Chinese can't exactly be portrayed as either good or bad when the only thing done in those levels is endless deathmatches.

Boogy32
Boogy32

@Darth_Aloysius Yeah of cause they do. They want to make sure that western culture wont overshadow their own. Which I don't think it will. Japan still has their own culture right? We in the western world even use some of their culture. China's a silly ol' country! :D

ccoffey24
ccoffey24

@limbo12  You've got to be kidding right?  If you really think that a video game web site is trying to generate "nationalist fervor against China" then you probably should take off that tin foil hat and let your brain breathe a bit.

Darth_Aloysius
Darth_Aloysius

@so_hai Its not anything to do with rights, its about China retaining its image, not looking like an evil superpower bent on taking over the world and keeping its people in line.

limbo12
limbo12

@justerthought  "...the majority of the population are living in poverty as communists, with a rich upper class living like capitalists"


Sounds like the US, although "living like communists" would be an improvement.

chaosbrigade
chaosbrigade

@ahpuck The smog in the city can be used as cover against hostile helicopters and bombers.


The pollution in the city can gradually poison hostile occupying troops.


These are all strategies employed by the Chinese government as national defense in case of a war. 

Darth_Aloysius
Darth_Aloysius

@tzolynski You probably should care, as they are more than likely going to have a major part to play in next few decades or so, unless one is planning on dying?

Jaykray
Jaykray

@Kushlius America isn't so bright either, my friend, at least not currently. We've devalued education, our school systems are spiraling downward, we've got a congress that's full of Tea Party nitwits who constantly go out of their way to combat Obama on every and any little thing he does (mainly because he's black, though they of course will deny it), our leaders constantly have us in everyone's business (yet heaven forbid we take better care of our own), we contribute more to global warming than just about any other industrialized nation, violence - especially gun violence - is a problem, and we like war. I could go on and on. So, yeah, America ain't looking too exemplary at the moment. 

Ryan-06
Ryan-06

@Kushlius Ignorant ass.  Let me try.  America is a dumb country too.  Happy new year!

SweatySasquatch
SweatySasquatch

@amg503 It's funny because it's true, well at least for PS3 it is. The game freezes every time explosions are happening rapidly in a small area, or every time I joke about it going to freeze.


tc0072
tc0072

@KimCheeWarriorX  


To put China's ownership of U.S. debt in perspective, its holding of $1.2 trillion is even larger than the amount owned by American households. U.S. citizens hold only about $959 billion in U.S. debt, according to the Federal Reserve.


Try again.

okassar
okassar

@Jedilink109 Not exactly. The whole campaign is about China taking over the U.S. and you fighting back with the help of "good" Chinese that hate their government. I don't think they should ban it, I don't like communism. and I also think they overreacted, but there's more to it than you seem to think.

tonyyu1996
tonyyu1996

@Boogy32 @Darth_Aloysius  THAT'S FUNNY.If there was a game that paints USA as evil. And the plot is about  a taliban from middle east. wich had his innocent family blown up by US drones. That some kind seeks revenge. Im pretty sure it would be banned in usa xD

If there was a game that paints homosexuals as angel. And the plot is about a innocent gayboy from the us. wich had his innocent family killed by russia laws. That some kind seems unreasonable. Im pretty sure it would be banned in russia xD and got criticized all over the world

ahpuck
ahpuck

@chaosbrigade@ahpuckYeah, that's exactly what they said. Too bad radars can see through all the crap flying around their cities. The only people being poisoned by the pollution in the city are their own citizens, whatever, the Chinese minister of culture is one crazy wackadoodle.

Kushlius
Kushlius

@Jaykray @Kushlius I don't know about america, never have been there. But i know it's not fascist, racist, homophobic shithole like russia.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Oh really, sorry man. I had no idea. I hadn't played the campaign. I thought they were just banning it based on the multiplayer maps since it was kind of implied in the article. Either way, it's still ridiculous that they would ban the game especially when EA says they don't even sell the game there in the first place. It really comes off as a stunt rather than an effort to keep out legitimately objectionable material.

I hope the citizens of China can someday influence their government to change their policies of censorship especially when they're censoring things that wouldn't otherwise be a problem. It'd be no different than the US banning Homefront because it's about Korea invading us. Some people might not like it but that doesn't mean it should be banned.

Kushlius
Kushlius

@limbo12 @Kushlius @Jaykray You know there's a big difference when there're only some people or groups of people who're racist, fascist etc. and when it's promoted by fascist dictator like putin.

limbo12
limbo12

@Kushlius @Jaykray I'm not Russian, but I certainly wouldn't appreciate someone calling it a shithole. You know we have racism, homophobia and fascist elements in the US as well, and probably your country as well.


But you weren't trying to make a point, you were trying to offend.