Battlefield 3 ban stings Iranian pirates

Tuesday, 29th November 2011 00:36 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The Daily Star reports Iran has instituted a ban on the sale of Battlefield 3 over controversial content set in capital city Iran. EA is actually quite pleased by this turn of events.

“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,” the publisher told IndustryGamers.



  1. DSB

    Someone’s pretty gosh darn naive.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. jacobvandy

    LOL, yeah, because they don’t have the internet there. (Don’t they?)

    BTW, really lazy reporting as usual VG247… You have to go to the source story to see that the game was never available in Iran, and this ban is on the sale of pirated copies at street vendors.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    Dick move by Iran and Dick move by EA. But EA answer is retarded as hell and it’s not just retarded, it’s not polite.

    Because their game is set in the capital city of Iran, so EA should at least respect them.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. 0ldsnake1

    Ok it was hard only for the first few days to find a copy of BF3 , then it was like any other games
    Yes game shops aren’t allowed to sell the game officially , but vendors and small shops still sell it discreetly .

    #4 3 years ago
  5. solidlystated

    @Erthazus – in the same sentence you talk about respect/being polite and then call people “retarded.”

    class act there…

    #5 3 years ago
  6. GwynbleiddiuM

    Ignorant idiots, you have no freaking IDEA how many Iranians actually bought your freaking game through bloody broken Origin, and legit copies on PS3 and XBOX 360. So sod off stupid EA, YES, you have no official market in Iran but people fucking import your shit to be able to play them online. You just don’t have a clue.

    For your FUCKING information, buying and selling Battlefield 3 has 5 years prison sentence in Iran and people bought that because they loved to play Battlefield 3. You pretty much gave it a go ahead on people pirating your shit from now on. You know how many stupid EA titles are on my Steam ID? Guess what, thanks to your verbal support I wouldn’t be disappointing your expectations on piracy anymore…

    #6 3 years ago
  7. The_Red

    Fact: Iranian government doesn’t allow sale of legit retail copies so in a way, any official copy of any game is BANNED in there (And has been since a decade ago at the very least).

    The sad thing is that there are some people in Iran who pay for legit copies even though it’s actually the illegal thing to do here! After the situation with BF3, almost nobody can get their hands on a legit copy of the game (Right now that’s more dangerous than possession of drugs!)… And thus, BF3 an EA actually have lost some non-pirate customers.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Yukimura Sanada

    I don’t Play BF3. Because it is nothing againts MW3! But i Know a lot of people that play BF3

    Iranian don’t have the internet?
    Shut up kid

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Ralinger

    here a Iranian talker, me.
    i am a pro journalist in video game. everyone played BF3 in Iran. you just don’t know it as just as you don’t know about Iran even a little.
    yes, selling BF3 is a crime in our country thanks to you. even though everyone, seriously everyone played this shit. because they just like FPS Games.
    but you know what EA? your game is Bullshit. and by the way you can see a online petition that Iranian gamers made it:

    if you don’t know something, pls shut up dude.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. GwynbleiddiuM

    @9 Yeah, true, pictures and videos of how “negative, brutal and unrealistic picture of what our country truly is” are all over the youtube and internet after 1388′s Election. They might not have a clue, but it seems you don’t have a clue neither. Shit is what shit is but sugar-coaters and sensitive ultra-nationalists like you are the worst.

    The problem is something else here, not how Iran was portrayed in bloody video game. Picture of Russians in Modern Warfare series is also false, you don’t see over sensitive cry babies running around with online petitions on the internet.

    So don’t shove that crap in my face cause it’s pathetic and doesn’t help your cause.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Sturmhardt

    We Germans dont start crying whenever they release a WW2 shooter :p

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Ralinger

    @11 there is a difference between this two. right now Iran is in attack of western news. but nazi’s aren’t.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Deacon

    @11 – exactly. Movies & books don’t seem to provoke this response (or maybe they do, I wouldn’t honestly know).

    It’s not EA that are fucked up, it’s Iran.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. GwynbleiddiuM

    @12 See, They were never off the list, since 1939, they were on the top of the to do list of authors, movie directors, producers, screenwriters and now game developers. They always anticipate the second coming of Nazis. Just like they are anticipating the second coming of Russian ultra-nationalists. So, as I said before, for a Pro-Journalist you don’t have much clues about anything.

    Every time Iran has a mention in a movie, tv show, book or now video game, Iranians go nuts about it yet they’re suffering at the hand of their own government and they shut up about it. Coward Iranians, that’s what we are today, so afraid of everything, the moment some stupid thing like this happens we shit ourselves in fear of “what ifs” and suddenly go vocal.

    @11 No you don’t, Russians don’t neither, but Iranians does, as I said a nation of cowards, that’s what we are today. We don’t have the guts to protest, because we are so broken, we are so afraid of what if we do that and things get worse? But guess what, things always get worse before they get better, that’s the nature of things. Maybe I shouldn’t talk about these here, cause they’re absolutely irrelevant but these are the things about my people that sickens me to my stomach.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. DaMan

    #13 Mein Kampf is banned, violent and many games with nazi references are banned in Germany.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. GwynbleiddiuM

    @15 It mainly is the violent content that is banned in Germany. That’s a different issue. When was the last time you saw a drip of blood in German TV shows? There are murders, kills and gun shots but you rarely see much blood.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Sturmhardt

    @15: No, games with nazi references are not banned, the swastika is banned. It is forbidden to show the swastika in public in germany, so we get special versions of games where those swastikas are changed to crosses or something similar. Most people download the “Hakenkreuz patches” or english versions of such games (like the wolfenstein series) or import it from austria to get the experience the developer intended.
    That has nothing to do with crying about a videogame, it is the law that doesnt allow swastikas in the german public and I think that is reasonable, given our history.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. DaMan

    German government, not germans, ban swastika because they ‘re worried about country’s public image, Jap government ban nuclear bombs references because it insults their country’s ‘honor’ . And so on and so forth. I don’t like people who single out things.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Ralinger

    @14 yes, they were never off the list. but right now is there any nazi out there? no. it’s gone. it’s history and germans are advanced people now.
    you can do anything with history. but right now Iran is a bad fucking country with dirty and retard people in western news. yes, right now we have a fucking government. but our people is not terrorist or retard.

    I myself pissed off about this game because i don’t want Iran to become like Afghanistan and Iraq in video games. every gamers in the world thinks about these two country that they saw in the video games.
    i don’t like it. if CoD rush on russia we know a truth about that. we know about russia. but people in the world how many knowledge they have about iran and iranian people?
    so think again.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Sturmhardt

    @DaMan: I dont think it affects our country’s public image in any way if I play a game with or without nazis and or swastikas.
    The reson swastikas are banned is that there are some people who would raise that flag again right now and this law is preventing them from doing that. This has a strong historical background because in the 40s and 50s you had to get the nazi propaganda out of people’s heads, it was called “Entnazifizierung” – so it was banned.

    Oh and by the way: Mein Kampf is not banned in Germany, you can own it and get existing printed books. Thing is, that the Bavarian state holds the copyright to that book and won’t allow copys of it, but it is not banned.

    I just wanted to clarify things, but lets get back to topic now. This has nothing to do with the ban of a whole game in Iran because they are depicted as “the baddies”. They should be used to being the bad guys by now, forcing their nuclear program and stuff :p

    And Ralinger: It’s just a game. Dont take it too seriously :)

    #20 3 years ago
  21. DaMan

    Certainly, I’m saying noone wants to be the bad guys. When you have Nato encircling you from all sides and gradually ruining every single attempt of a country at remotely approaching the state of a superpower, you start thinking somewhat differently. It ‘s banned from bookshelves, isn’t it? Although let’s argue some law semantics again.

    But that’s indeed way off-topic, excuse me.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. GwynbleiddiuM

    @19 So, Correct me if I’m wrong here, you don’t think that “right now Iran is a bad fucking country with dirty and retard people”! For the love of bloody God, have you watched news today, stupid Basiji Students invaded British Embassy today to create another historical fuck-up that you and every other coward Iranians like you trying so hard to snow job.

    What that says? What should Iran look like in western news? It’s either our great leaders talking shit about them, or occasional ceremony of flag burning and people whom scream at the top of their lounges “DEATH TO AMERICAAAA”.

    They’re actually unbiased most of the time because they don’t even have to come up with anything and you know why? Simple, people that govern this country are as corrupt as corrupt can be, instead of inspiring people to do good, instead of inspiring unity and harmony and creating a better Iran (which of course was never their intention), They inspire fear and hatred and their goons immediately act on what their almighty Supreme Leader hints. Tell me if you’re unbiased and not a goon yourself, how do you expect the world feel about us? They only believe what they see and what they hear, what did we do to prove that it is indeed different that what their led to believe, yes there was the after election events, but it was suppressed. Pushed us further into the direction that the government want to lead our country, are people into.

    On the contrary, It is my fantasy that Iran end up like Afghanistan and Iraq, because we deserve it. Because as a nation we are so fucked up and divided that nothing can bring us together, we are so coward and gutless that we can’t take our destiny into our own hands and take back our country for ourselves.

    This, a torn up, devastated and ruined by the fire of war is in our future and it will happen one way or another, unless we as a nation decide to stand up and say we had enough of this crap, we are not the picture you have created of us. Instead of pandering to our great history of bloody 5000 year ago, we should stand up and act like the people we are so proud of, the people that have defined this land we call home. So, this is what we deserve now, those who live in the shadow of fear, they will die in it and that is for the better.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. DSB

    It’s the same story with most things that are banned in Iran. I used to talk to some Iranian metalheads, who would throw parties at risk of being beaten up by the Secret Police. I fear that after the green revolution, the risk is more than just getting roughed up.

    I think it all goes to show that the Iranian regime is no match for it’s own people, and it’s only a matter of time before it feels the ultimate consequence of that.

    @22 I wouldn’t pray for intervention. We don’t have the balls to finish the job in Afghanistan, and in Iraq, we’ve pretty much opened the door for religious fundamentalists, which is something that the Iranian regime is extremely pleased about.

    Pray that you’ll do it without our help :P

    #23 3 years ago
  24. GwynbleiddiuM

    @DSB, Oh how I miss those parties and the underground bands we had, some of them were actually really good. They used to perform in somewhat remote locations around Tehran or karaj in large gardens, it was magic, pity most of the guys I used to go with in these places are no longer in Iran and those who are no longer doing stuff like these. Last one I’ve been to ended well though. But A few years ago my friends were to one of them around Karaj and there was a band with female singer performing there, they smashed the party and took the poor girl away, never found out what happened to her.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’d have loved if we did it ourselves, but our nation is so divided, they don’t have the guts to stand up, and those of us who did, ended up in prison, or fled the country. And they always look for someone to lead them. The only time they just got fed up and marched into streets were after last times election. went on for a few days, I nearly got beaten up to death myself, a biker saved my skin by taking me away through the allies and I don’t even know his name.

    Those days I had so much hopes, it turned upside down few week after, when Mussavi produced himself as the leader of the protesters and then got locked up in his own house.

    It wont be like Afghanistan or Iraq here, Iranians in general are not like them, they’re more private with religion, the only extremists hardliners are in control now, if something like war happens they will all flee in a matter of days. But I Sincerely hope for a military retaliation a few bombs and everything will turn to chaos, then it cannot be contained by the government.

    #24 3 years ago

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