‘Bomb Gaza’ is a game that was available on Google Play Store until recently. But the mobile app was removed from Play marketplace on the grounds that the app violated its policies.
‘Bomb Gaza’ is a game that was available on Google Play Store until recently.
But the mobile app was removed from Play marketplace on the grounds that the app violated its policies.
The game encouraged the players to pretend as Israeli soldiers who were bombing the city of Gaza.
It was only in the last week of July that the Android app was launched for the users. As per the records the game had been downloaded at least 1000 times before it was finally pulled out by the tech giant.
The sole aim behind ‘Bomb Gaza’ was to drop bombs on the city but avoid killing any civilians.
This Android game was obviously inspired from the recent Israel-Palestine conflict that has left Gaza almost destroyed and over 1700 people dead. This also includes around 400 children according to various news agencies. Although Google claims that there were certain policy issues for which the game was withdrawn but according to reports the app was removed owing to protests. At least two such Android apps were removed that dealt with the Israeli air strikes on Gaza.
Twitter was flooded by protests from angry users who criticized the tech giant for allowing such apps to be there in its Play Store.
Although the game involved avoiding killing of the civilians, the game ended if too many civilians were killed during the bombing. There was a rage meter that dictated the death of the civilians and the game would end when that limit was reached. There was another game similar to it known as the Gaza Assault: Code Red.
This android game was released first on July 17th that also dealt with finding and targeting terrorist cells in Gaza.
The only difference here was that no civilians were mentioned.
It is true that these games were removed but not before a week when they were live and downloaded several time.
The action was taken only due to the media coverage that it received due to the protests on various social media platforms.
An official statement issued from Google only mentioned that these apps were removed as they violated their policies but it did not specify any policy.