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CAIR, Veterans For Peace Repeat Call on Xbox, Sony PlayStation, and Valve-Steam to Not Host ‘Arab Murder Simulator’ Six Days in Fallujah

(WASHINGTON D.C., 10/8/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Veterans For Peace today repeated their call on Xbox, Sony PlayStation, and Valve-Steam to not host or digitally distribute the soon-to-be-released video game “Six Days in Fallujah,” developed by Highwire Games and published by Victura.

SEE: ‘Six Days in Fallujah’ is an Arab murder simulator, critics say. (CNN) 

https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/09/us/six-days-in-fallujah-iraq-video-game/index.html

 On August 25th, CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad and Veterans For Peace Garett Reppenhagen sent a letter to Microsoft Corporation Executive Vice President of Gaming Phil Spencer, Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO Jim Ryan, Valve Corporation President Gabe Newell calling for their request that Microsoft (Xbox), Sony (PlayStation) and Valve (Steam) decline to host or digitally distribute the soon-to-be-released video game “Six Days in Fallujah,” developed by Highwire Games and published by Victura.

In their letter, Awad and Reppenhagen stated in part:

CAIR and Veterans For Peace believe that the game is fundamentally an “Arab murder simulator” that glorifies violence that took the lives of over 800 Iraqi civilians, justifies the illegal invasion of Iraq, and reinforces Islamophobic narratives.

“The Second Battle of Fallujah was a violent and bloody battle during the Iraq War that left more than 800 civilians dead. The tragic episode was heavily criticized for the U.S. military’s tactics, including the use of white phosphorus. In the years since the battle, numerous Iraqi babies have been born in Fallujah with serious birth defects. 

“When the game was initially announced back in 2009 by Atomic Games, it received widespread criticism from the public, anti-war organizations, and veterans, forcing then-publisher Konami to drop the project. In 2016, former CEO of Atomic Games, Peter Tamte, formed his publishing studio, Victura, to support the game’s reemergence in 2021 

“In a critical write-up of Six Days in Fallujah’s March six-minute teaser trailer, American video game and entertainment media website IGN openly questioned the game’s ‘risk of contributing to an ongoing culture of generalized, racist, and dehumanizing portrayals of Arab, Muslim, and Middle Eastern cultures across all entertainment.’

“We believe that the gaming industry must stop dehumanizing Muslims. Video games like Six Days in Fallujah encourages a culture that seeks to glorify violence that has killed hundreds of Iraqi civilians, attempts to justify the Iraq war, and reinforces anti-Muslim sentiment at a time when anti-Muslim bigotry continues to threaten human life.”

READ THE FULL LETTER: 

https://www.cair.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/CAIR-VFP-Letter-to-Xbox-SonyPlaysation-Valve-Steam-8-25-1.pdf

CAIR first called on Microsoft, Sony, Valve not to host Six Days in Fallujah in April.

SEE: CAIR Calls on Microsoft, Sony, Valve to Drop ‘Arab Murder Simulator’ Video Game Six Days in Fallujah

Also in April, CAIR and Veterans For Peace called on gamers to sign a petition calling on Microsoft, Sony, and Valve not to host the game.

SEE: CAIR ACTION ALERT: Add Your Name to Open Petition Calling on Microsoft, Sony, Valve to Not Host ‘Arab Murder Simulator’ Six Days in Fallujah

SIGN THE PETITION: https://action.cair.com/a/no-to-six-days-in-fallujah 

BACKGROUNDER: 

A 2019 study published in the journal Environmental Pollution found that babies born in Iraq with gruesome birth defects were connected with the ongoing American military presence there. The study revealed that babies showing severe birth defects also had corresponding elevated levels of a radioactive compound known as thorium in their bodies.   

SEE: Iraqi Children Born Near U.S. Military Base Show Elevated Rates of “Serious Congenital Deformities,” Study Finds  

https://theintercept.com/2019/11/25/iraq-children-birth-defects-military/

To Learn More About Islamophobia in Digital War Games, See: The Virtual Killing of Muslims: Digital War Games, Islamophobia, and the Global War on Terror  

https://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/10.13169/islastudj.6.1.0033.pdf?refreqid=excelsior%3Af7e5fa31b000c13aec3b7b3e1c956c69

CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.    

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.    

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CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530, e-Mitchell@cair.com; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com, Veterans For Peace Communications Director Colleen Kelly, 314-899-4515, press@veteransforpeace.org

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