A small village located in the Philippines is no longer allowing residents to play the original Dota mod for Warcraft III, following two deadly stabbings and other violent incidents. The original Dota mod is still popular in the Philippines today despite the launches of successors like Dota 2 and its closest competitor, League of Legends.
The news was originally reported by Inquirer.net, the village of Salawag had opted for an outright Dota ban after government officials conversed with internet cafe owners and decided that the game was making people too violent towards eachother.
Kotaku picked up on this story earlier today and managed to get a quote from a Filipino reader, who noted that many players can be really “intense” when it comes to Dota matches in public computer cafes.
Two teenagers were stabbed to death over a fight that stemmed from playing the game. The most recent incident occurred in November last year.
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KitGuru Says: Even on newer MOBA games like Dota 2 or League of Legends, the community can be pretty unforgiving and often rude, its just a shame to see some players take things so far and resorting to violence.