TAOBAO removes Nintendo Switch “Animal Crossing” from its e-commerce site after players start to promote anti-Chinese government sentiment in the game


10th April 2020 – (Hong Kong) Nintendo Switch game “Animal Crossing”  is the wildly popular island life simulator game that gets players hooked for hours. Many pro-democracy local district councillors and politicians in Hong Kong are also avid fans of the game. Joshua Wong, secretary-general of pro-democracy party Demosistō is one of them. Many players have invited each other to organise ‘protests’ in the game as the current pandemic has deterred many from gathering in the city. The game retails in Hong Kong for HK$498.

In a surprise move, at 12am today, Taobao removed both the physical version (HK $ 498) and the download version (HK$429), from their e-commerce site, only some related books and flashcards of the game series are allowed to be sold. Netizens suspect that there are players who used the DIY functions to create political slogans in the game. There are even more rumours on social media that the game was banned because some players have spoofed President Xi Jinping and the fact that Joshua Wong is also an avid player.