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Hooliganism leads Philippine neighborhood to ban Dota 2 from Internet cafés

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Dota 2 has caused such unrest in computer cafés in the Philippines that a district in one large city has banned it outright, reports an English-language Filipino publication.

When In Manila (via The Daily Dot) published an image of the decree by the district council of Salawag, a community of about 60,000 within the larger city of Dasamariñas, just outside Manila. This morning, GMA News, a major news network in the country, ran the following report confirming the municipal ban.

The Daily Dot quotes a local saying that youths playing Dota 2 in public cafés have been involved in some rather notorious brawls that have caught public attention. Salawag's government evidently has said enough is enough.

Says the ordinance (translation by When In Manila):

Dear countrymen, we will be pushing on with this town resolution because we believe this is the right thing to do for the children who are often seen causing trouble, cussing, cutting classes, gambling, staying up late, fighting, and ignoring their studies. We love the children and we will not allow their future to be ruined. Thank you for your support and understanding.

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An Internet café that violates the ordinance risks any number of punishments, from a monthlong suspension to a revocation of their business license.

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