DOTA banned in Dasmariñas, Cavite

DOTA (Defense of the Ancients), a popular multi-player online game was banned in computer shops in Barangay Salawag in Dasmariñas, Cavite following an ordinance implemented by the local government there.

DOTA is a competitive game of action and strategy,
played both professionally and casually by millions of passionate fans worldwide.

According to Resolution 008-S-2015 dated January 5, 2015, issued by the Barangay Council of Salawag, DOTA was banned because it had already become a tool for gambling and was causing discord in the community.

The resolution, which was written in Filipino, added that DOTA was inducing the youth in their barangay to become violent to the point of committing murder.

It said that because of DOTA’s “bad influence,” the young were “nagiging bayolente at natutong manloko, magnakaw.” (They are becoming violent and are learning to deceive, steal.) It also added, “[Di] malayong pumatay [sila] o mamatay makapaglaro lamang.” ([I]t is not a far possibility for them to kill or be killed just to play.)

Enrico Paredes, village chief said they decided to ban DOTA after two teenagers were stabbed to death in their barangay over differences that supposedly stemmed from playing the game.
The latest stabbing incident happened last November, he said.

DOTA was probably "the most popular and most-discussed free,
non-supported game mod in the world”

According to Paredes, barangay officials consulted with the owners of 30 computer shops in their village and 29 of them agreed with the measure. Paredes said the shop owners admitted that they could not contain the “violent” demeanor of teenage DOTA players.

Computer shop owners who will violate Resolution 008-S-2015 face the following penalties: first offense, suspension of shop operations for a month; second offense, revocation of business permit; and third offense, permanent closure of computer shop and non-issuance of business permit.

At least thirty computer shops were inspected by authorities in Barangay Salawang following the recent implementation of the ordinance.

It is interesting to note though that this phenomenon is restricted to the game DOTA only.

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