China bans Football Manager 2005 for recognizing Tibet
Football Manager is a stat-based soccer management series that is both a worldwide phenomenon and one of the leading causes of divorce in the soccer-loving world (seriously).
So how does a game with no sex, violence, or pretty much any actual visuals, get banned? International sovereignty, of course.
The English version of the 2005 game, thus not meant for release in China, recognized Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Tibet as independent nations. China didn’t like that, claiming the game (a game about managing a soccer teaqm) threatened “sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
SEGA, the game’s developer, explained that the version of the game the Chinese authorities were seeing was, in fact, a pirated version, never meant for Chinese audiences.
A lesson about intellectual property rights there, China…