Clash of Clans allows opportunity for anti-semitism
The huge gaming hit Clash of Clans allows its players the opportunity for anti-semitism. Among the millions of players are groups that call themselves 'holocaust', for example. Players also come up with provocatively anti-semitic captions.
In Clash of Clans various clans do battle. Clans are made up of at most 50 players, who combat players from other clans. A search by BNR Nieuwsradio found at least 45 clans calling themselves 'holocaust'. Other names used are - among others - 'jew raiders' and 'we kill jews'. Some captions used are 'we burn jews for fun' en 'Anne Frank was easy to find'.
Many games, such as World of Warcraft, try to prevent this kind of behaviour. They employ moderators who police players’ illegal or offensive practices. It is not clear if Supercell, the Finnish game development company behind Clash of Clans, does this as well.
Clash of Clans was launched in 2012. Supercell responded by email saying that ‘it is not possible to prevent the anti-semitic expressions from taking place, given the millions of people who play their games. “We will close down clans that use abusive language when we see it happening.”