Turkey remains one of Minecraft's biggest markets, despite facing nation-wide ban

The saga of Minecraft's adventures in the Republic of Turkey continues. In February, we reported that Turkey's Family Ministry was looking to ban Minecraft across the entire country, due to it's 'violent nature'. The news just got stranger from there as the Ministry declared it finished it's investigation in March, now claiming children could begin to confuse Minecraft with real life.

But even with a nation-wide ban looming over the game (and yet to be finalized by it's legal courts), it's still one of Minecraft's best markets. Patrick Geuder, a data/systems manager at Mojang, posted the following tweet earlier today:


He went on to say that the United States and Brazil are leading the number of Minecraft downloads. One Twitter user got a bit angry about Turkey's possible ban of the game, for which Geuder replied:


We're not sure if just Geuder, or the whole of Mojang, is waiting to see if Turkey falls through with it's ban on Minecraft. If it does, this could mean Mojang will legally intervene (perhaps, as the data shows, citing a loss in profits for the company if the game becomes illegal). Only time will tell.

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March 30, 2015 at 3:49 PM delete

I know how ridiculous this is with Turkey, but for the argument that kids will confuse Minecraft with real life, I highly encourage those kids to find that much real diamond to craft a head to toe suit of armor. Also to find a zombie in there country to kill it with the sword that they made with there diamonds only to vanish into gray pixels. Now if you guys don't mind, I'm going to play a game that's less violent according to the Turkey government like GTA V.

March 30, 2015 at 11:36 PM delete

I agree. (Obvious sarcasm at the end of your comment).
How can Minecraft be confused with real life??? It's far from it

March 31, 2015 at 6:00 AM delete

Nah, according to them I can also play newest Mortal Kombat. That is less violent than Minecraft