Iran axes out female LoL champions in their WCG regional over “shariah law”.
The Iranian WCG 2013 (http://www.worldcybergames.ir/) recently made an announcement that all the female heroes are banned in their tournament except Annie (I’m trying my best not to sound offensive, don’t feel like getting Gyrocopter ulted IRL). As mentioned in their Official WCG rulebook
ﺗﺒﺼـﺮه: ﮐﻠﯿﻪ ﮐﺎراﮐﱰﻫﺎی Femaleﺑﺎزی ﺑﻪ ﺟﺰ Annie ﻣﻤﻨﻮع ﻣﯽ ﺑﺎﺷﻨﺪ.
which after translation means
Note: All games except Annie Female characters are prohibited.
The law in Islam -
Sharia is the moral code and religious law of Islam. Sharia deals with many topics addressed by secular law, including crime, politics, and economics, as well as personal matters such as sexual intercourse, hygiene, diet, prayer, and fasting.
When leaving the home, a Muslim woman must at least cover her hair and body in loose and unrevealing clothing, obscuring the details of her body from the public; some also choose to cover their face and hands. The wisdom behind this dress code is to minimize sexual enticement and degradation in society as much as possible for both men and women. Obeying this dress code is a form of obedience to God. Islam forbids any sex appeal and physical allurement outside of marriage.
To me it sounds like there has been a political involvement regarding this ban, from what it seems, they added this rule to avoid any conflicts from the Iranian government over this topic, though there are rules regarding females but this is still a video game we’re talking about.
Keeping players from picking female heroes will severely impact the quality of games, especially in a game like LoL, worst case scenario it might even drive people away from participating in the event, the nerds who were getting excited on hearing the news of Iranian version of WCG might have to lie down and try not to cry.
Here’s a little chart which shows gender percentage of all the champions in the current roster. Source: https://coderanger.net/2013/07/gender-in-league/
So as you can see the female portion consists of 34% which is a HUGE number, just imagine how many strats and lineups got shutdown because of the rule. It’s really game changing and it can easily sway games in any direction since you can’t even play 34% of the heroes that developers spent days developing to balance the game.
This is a pretty unfair rule and the officials should ask for an exception from the Iranian government, don’t see any point in banning them in a video game.