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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Removed From Chinese Platforms After Activist Used It In A Protest

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A Nintendo Switch video game, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been removed from China’s grey market e-commerce platforms.


Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a social simulator in which players get to decorate and own a virtual island and invite others to visit. The game became an instant hit after its launch in March 2020.


Many players use it to interact and simulate real-life scenarios while they are stuck at home due to the self-isolation measures that countries are employing to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.


The removal occurred after Hong Kong activist, Joshua Wong used the game to protest against Beijing’s rule of the Chinese territory, according to Reuters.


Joshua Wong had taken his protests to the game, sharing it in a Twitter post.  He posted a screenshot of his island decorated with a banner that read: “Free Hong Kong, revolution now.”


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China censors anything it believes violates core socialist values whether in video games, movies, or music. Gaming companies also have to get licences for any games they wish to publish in the country.


Joshua Wong also shared pictures of his island showing portraits of Chinese President Xi Jinping and World Health Organization chief, Tedros Adhanom at a funeral simulation with a sign reading “Wuhan pneumonia”.


Since Joshua Wong’s post, Chinese searches for “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” have shown no results.


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