Fortnite May Be Banned In Indonesia Due To Destruction Of Muslim Temple

Indonesia’s minister has called for a ban on Fortnite in the country due to a user-generated map that allows a sacred structure to be created in-game to be destroyed. According to CNN Indonesia and, Indonesia’s Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno has announced plans to ban Fortnite in the country following the discovery of a user-created map that supposedly allows players to destroy a building resembling the Kaaba, a sacred site for Muslims.

Epic Games made a statement on the Fortnite Middle East Facebook page explaining that the map was actually created by a community member in creative mode and the building cannot be destroyed on the map. “We would like to emphasize that our team respects all religions and works closely with our game developers to ensure a safe gaming experience for all of our players.”

Before Epic’s announcement, Sandiaga said he had heard that a structure could be destroyed on the map and players would be rewarded with weapons and level progress for destroying it.

“Playing Fortnite is in direct conflict with high values, especially religious ones,” Sandiaga said in a statement. “It can provoke disrespectful behavior between faith communities and contribute to acts of violence.”

Sandiaga said he instructed the team to investigate the situation and declare a ban, hoping it would “warn some game developers to be careful.”

Indonesia’s Minister of Communications and Information Johnny G. Plate has since admitted that the card was created by the user and not Epic. The Indonesian National Police are trying to track down the creator of the map.

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