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Pokemon Go has officially been banned in Iran citing unspecified “security concerns.” According to the BBC,the Iranian High Council of Virtual Spaces – the official body that oversees online activity – has prohibited the use of the GPS-powered app within the country.

Although many countries and officials have expressed security concerns over the wildly popular game, Iran is the first country to introduce an official ban of Pokémon Go.

Despite strict Internet restrictions, some fans have said that they managed to access the game in Iran using VPNs.However, this is not the first time Iran has banned a video game.In June, the National Foundation for Computer Games (NFCG) blocked the sale of ‘1979 Revolution’ – a narrative-driven title from Ink Stories that explores the struggles of the Iranian Revolution.

According to Hasan Karimi Ghodosi, the director of the National Foundation for Computer Games the NFCG had two conditions for the game’s creators to roll out the game in Iran – the game’s data servers must be located in Iran and any tagged locations within the game would need to be coordinated with the NFCG to avoid including any locations that may be of national security concern.


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