According to somewhat murky reports breaking from everyone?s favourite human rights abuser, the People?s Republic of China, Sports Interactive?s Sega-published Football Manager 2005 has been banned.
Reading a press release from the country?s Ministry of Culture, renowned for operating an Orwellian policy of cultural suppression and censorship, Football Manager ??poses harm to the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity.?
It would seem that China?s beef with SI?s latest product is the manner in which it represents various illegally occupied and/or Chinese-invaded areas of South East Asia as being independent states. Can you imagine?? Taipei of Taiwan, Hong Kong-Macao region and Tibet are thus represented.
The Ministry promised to ??investigate, confiscate and punish websites, computer software markets and Internet cafes, who disseminate or sell Football Manager 2005,? after it ??received strong protests from Chinese game players.?
Speaking to Sports Interactive?s Miles Jacobson this afternoon, it would seem that whole situation has caused something of a shock. In a statement released to SPOnG, the long-standing development studio boss said, ?We have been made aware of a press release from the Ministry of Culture in China and are reviewing its contents along with our local partner Ubi Soft. The release appears to relate to the English Language version of the game which is not intended for release in China and appears to have reached the country through piracy or other unauthorised means.?
Jacobson continued, ?To give Chinese consumers the best possible football management experienced, FM 2005 is being localised into simplified Chinese.?
SPOnG, politically charged beast that it is, is somewhat tempted to enter into something of a rant now. We won?t. We do advise readers who may be interested in the operational policies of the Chinese government to use the Internet and conduct a little research. Before you even enter into any humanitarian-driven learning simple try a Google search for ?China bans.?
More, hopefully confirming SPOnG?s banning in China, as it breaks.