If You Like Online Games, Avoid Morocco

Some pretty troubling news out of Morocco. Morocco’s biggest Internet Service Provider has seemingly banned online games completely.

NeoGaf user Madouu explained on the forum that the country has 3 ISPs, but Maroc Telecom controls the biggest share of the internet market in Morocco, which is troubling in its own right.

Last January, all three ISPs in Morocco banned a bunch of audio and video chat apps, including Skype, Whatsapp, Viber, Facebook messenger and Google Hangouts.

People were upset and forced the ISP to respond. They delivered a statement claiming that it was ANRT’s ruling, an independent regulatory agency.

The ANRT justified its decision by stating that none of the services providing voice over IP (VoIP) or other “free internet calls” had the required licenses.

More recently, a new set of VoIP applications that had escaped the ban until now have been blocked by Maroc Telecom. This also seems to have been accompanied by what is described as a “stealth ban” on all online video games.

Madouu wrote that it’s “almost impossible” to play an online game at the moment, while Maroc Telecom have remained silent on the matter.

You can sign a petition here which currently sits at 11,000 signatures to help the people of Morocco get their online games back. Until then, if you love online games, avoid Morocco at all costs!

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