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Google removes controversial ‘Slavery Simulator’ game a month after Brazil outrage

Google has removed a controversial mobile game called “Simulador de Escravidão” (or “Slavery Simulator”) that allowed players to buy, sell and even torture black characters.

The Android game which has been downloaded more than 1,000 times, created by Malaysian game developer Magnus Games, has been removed from Google’s online store in Brazil after sparking outrage in the country.

The game was released on the Google Play Store on April 20 and downloaded over 1,000 times before being removed following the social media uproar.

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“The game puts the player in the role of a slave owner who can buy and sell black characters and inflict various forms of torture on them. The game has been pulled, just over a month after release, but remains playable for the more than 1,000 people who have downloaded it in the past four weeks, according to Russia Today citing a report from Brazilian publication Globo.

“Blatant racism,” Renata Souza, a black activist and politician from Rio de Janeiro, tweeted on Wednesday. “The image illustrating the game shows a white man surrounded by black men. It is absurdly violent. Google and the developer must answer for this hate crime and racism.

Concerned by the controversy that erupted on social networks, the Brazilian Ministry of Racial Equality intervened and contacted the developer, Magnus Games, as well as Google to put in place measures aimed at restricting racist content online.

“The Ministry of Racial Equality reiterates its irreversible commitment to eliminating racial inequality and promoting policies that curb the spread of racist content online, in football stadiums and in society as a whole,” Russia Today said. citing the government body in a statement this week. , referring to abuse directed at Brazilian footballer Vinicius Junior during a recent match in Spain.

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