Animal Crossing: New Horizons disappears from Chinese platforms

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is no longer available for sale on Alibaba’s e-commerce platform Taobao, a move that comes not long after the game was used by Hong Kong activists to post protest messages against China.

The hit Nintendo Switch game was pulled from Taobao and fellow digital store Pinduoduo, Reuters reported Friday. Screenshots shared by Taobao sellers showed that merchandise and other hardware related to the game have also been prohibited, according to Nintendo Life.

While there has been no official explanation on Animal Crossing‘s disappearance, the game’s takedown follows its rise as a tool for Hong Kong protesters to spread pro-democracy content while observing social distancing rules.

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