Filipino Village Bans Dota After Multiple Murders

Filipino Village Bans Dota After Multiple Murders

A small village in the Philippines will no longer allow residents to play Defense of the Ancients following a series of violent incidents that culminated in two deadly stabbings.

As reported by the Filipino news site Inquirer.net, the village of Salawag chose to enact this Dota ban after government officials met with computer cafe owners and determined that the game was making their children more violent. In November, two teenagers were stabbed and killed after a fight involving the game, Salawag's village chief told Inquirer.net.

Defense of the Ancients, a Warcraft III mod, remains popular in the Philippines even as it has been trumped by popular successors like Dota 2 and League of Legends in North America and Europe.

"Dota's a really big game here in the Philippines, partly because of the presence of Internet cafes around almost every city and provincial district," says a Filipino Kotaku reader who asked that we not use his name. "Unfortunately, based on my personal observations, it seems that a lot of players here can be intense (really, to say the least)."

Intense enough that at least one small village felt the need to ban Dota completely. Here's the resolution they passed earlier this month:

Filipino Village Bans Dota After Multiple Murders

Comments

    Damn those pesky video games, always awakening the latent murderer in everybody.

    Phew. Now they've banned DOTA, no one will ever have an argument and become violently angry about anything ever again.

    These guys are more intense than LoL diehards, no wonder people got stabbed. When I was chatting with my partner (from the Phiippines) her cam just went black and she disconnected...soon after it was restored. She told me some kids got in a fight in the cafe over some game, and she said they seem to be on the same side. Crazy DotA kids.

    When a game gets TOO competitive, this happens. Pretty exclusive to the Male race also, testosterone is a killer!

    Last edited 23/01/15 12:13 pm

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