The Sims: Freeplay has been banned in seven countries due to its non-compliance with "regional standards" in a likely reference to LGBTQ content.
One of the game’s community managers took to its forums on June 20th to tell fans that the title would no longer be available in China, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar and Egypt as of July 5th 2018.
No specific cause for the move was offered, apart from that the Sims: Freeplay was non-compliant with regional stands. As such, fans have speculated that it may be down to the game’s explicit LGBT content.
“We’ve always been proud that our in-game experiences embrace values as broad and diverse as our incredible Sims community,” wrote community manager EA_Mai.
“This has been important to us, as we know it is to you.”
Players who have the game downloaded will still be able to play it, although it won’t benefit from updates and may stop working entirely because of it.
In light of the decision in-game purchases will be scrapped from the game for players in the aforementioned countries.
While the post solely relates to The Sims: Freeplay it is currently unclear if a similar stance will be taken with similar Sims titles.