The All Pakistan CD, DVD, Audio Cassette Traders and Manufacturers Association bannedCall of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Medal of Honor: Warfighter in Pakistan, claiming that the games depicted Pakistan in a bad light. All stores were ordered to remove the games from their shelves, or face the consequences.
“The Association has always boycotted these types of films and games,” the Association wrote in a notice translated by Fox News. “These (games) have been developed against the country’s national unity and sanctity. The games (Medal of Honor: Warfighter and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2) have been developed against Pakistan, and the Association has completely banned their sale. Shopkeepers are warned and will be responsible for the consequences if found purchasing or selling these games.”
President of the Association, Saleem Memon, further explained the ban when speaking to a foreign media outlet: “The problem is that there are things that are against Pakistan and they have included criticism of our army. They show the country in a very poor light.”
The owner of Pakistan capital Islamabad’s largest retail game store said that he hadn’t heard about the ban and that both games were “hot sellers.” Black Ops 2 sold more than 5,000 copies since its launch and Warfighter sold 1,000 in Pakistan, the owner said. Pirated versions of both games were still available in Pakistan, some selling for less than $2, and these figures didn’t contribute to official sales numbers.