Rabat, Morocco (TMT)- Only few months after the blocking of the voice over IP (VoIP) technology in Morocco, the Moroccan authorities decided to ban online video games as well, with the decision taking place last Tuesday according to some Moroccan gamers.
Morocco’s Telecommunications Regulatory National Agency (ANRT), which was behind the VoIP ban, did not communicate regarding its rationale behind the ban decision.
Marouane Lamharzi Alaoui, a well-known Moroccan social media influencer, founder of various successful online platforms like Sybla, said that “the authorities blocked the ports that are used in online video games.”
“While waiting to see Youtube and Facebook also getting banned [in Morocco], I invite you all to learn the following slogan “hananim jogug wang,” in North Korean which translates to “Allah, the Patry, the King,” [Morocco’s national motto]. From now on we should learn by heart this slogan and repeat it whenever a new ban decision takes place in Morocco, the more we move towards emulating North Korea,” Marouane angrily said in a Facebook post.
Even though the ban is purely authoritarian, The Moroccan Times believes that the decision is temporarily and was taken in a bet to avert terrorist attacks in the kingdom, given the fact that it is almost impossible to monitor messages exchanged between people while playing video games.
For example, while playing online Counter Strike, two terrorists could write messages to each other while spraying bullets on a wall as the featured image shows.
The Moroccan Times.