A video game that appears to encourage players to kill Indigenous Australians has been removed from Google Play and iTunes after an online petition attracted more than 50,000 signatures condemning the game.
The petition was started by Gadigal woman Georgia Mantle who raised concerns that it required players to survive in the Australian outback and rewarded them with weapons and food for killing Aboriginal people.
“What this is doing is making entertainment out of the murder of people based on their race,” Ms Mantle told the ABC.
“Why would you allow an app that is so blatantly racist and promotes racist violence to be hosted on your sites?”
Reviews of the game, Survival Island 3 – Australia Story 3D, in the Google Play store blasted the game as “glorifying genocide” and “horrific and disgustingly racist”.
The game appears to have been removed from the Google Play store, but was earlier available to download.
In the petition statement, Ms Mantle said the game promoted racial violence and negative stereotypes of Indigenous Australians.
She told the ABC the game included pop-up “warning” messages.
“You [could see] a screenshot of one of the game players which had an Aboriginal man in traditional dress with a bow and arrow being pointed at them from white hands with the words saying ‘beware of Aborigines’,” Ms Mantle said.
“I’ve [spoken] to a lot of Indigenous friends that I have through uni and everyone is not only disgusted, but also just completely gobsmacked that this game actually exists.”
According to the petition, the game “makes fun and sport of massacres” and violates the terms and conditions for developers on major app store providers, Google Play and Apple.