Ubisoft accused of 'international crime' by anti-war group

Anti-war organization Direct Action to Stop the War wrote the following in a letter to Ubisoft North America president Laurent Detoc:

"The military recruitment of children under the age of 17, however, is a clear violation of international law (the U.N. Optional Protocol). No attempt to recruit children 13-16 is allowed in the United States, pursuant to treaty. It is also important to consider the effects of the game within the context of the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Undoubtedly soldiers now recruited through America's Army will serve in these wars. The invasions and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan are violations of international law, and contributing to their continuation through the propagation of the game is, if not a criminal violation, a moral outrage."

"Ubisoft's role as publisher of America's Army is contributing to an international crime. But you are not alone: Gameloft is working on the cell phone application and Secret Level was a developer of the 2005 version of the game. Is child recruitment, recruitment to fight the cause of dubious wars the proper business of your company and those of you in their employ?"

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Zerodin3724d ago

Derka Derka mohamed jihad shurpa-shurp.
Which translates to "Feck off you sandy little buttholes!"

Voozi3724d ago

So let me get this straight...these morons think the game Americas Army is being used to recruit young kids into the army? And Ubisoft being the publisher is taking the heat for it? Wow lol...

Ermmmm last I checked you need to be 18 or older to be able to join/be recruited into the army.

So by there logic, I guess it's an international crime on our part that we have army commercials aired, and for those in highschool (I graduated years ago) back when those army recruiter dudes used to come to our schools and "inform" us about the army as annoying as they were lol.

Wonder if Sony will be accused of "international crime" next cause there Socom US Navy Seals games lol

Lumbo3723d ago (Edited 3723d ago )

Actually AmericasArmy IS a recruitment tool, as it is fully funded by the US armed forces for RECRUITMENT purposes.

The hook here being its low age rating (T) combined with the recruitment purpose.

Naturally no regular army is allowing underage recruits... except in times of war ... hmmm what a coincidence

IdleLeeSiuLung3724d ago

I'm kind of sick and tired of these group that supposedly promote "world peace" and a "greener world", but most of the time go about it the wrong way to get the message out. Do they really think people are that stupid?

Perhaps, they should go after war and action movies that potray war in a positive light? While they are at it, they should also go after authors that write books as well as documentaries about war. Come to think of it, let's go after any media that talks about armed forces and wars in general as they may be a recruitment tool.

UltimateIdiot9113724d ago

I've played the game and still don't have any interest in joining the military. The game is nothing but propaganda and fun. Honestly, in the end it's the player's choice and how the parents raise their kid (in terms of how much they game and watch tv, also knowing the difference between reality and illusion).

Polluted3724d ago

Pssh. What a bunch of @ssholes.

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