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|Posted: Sun Jul 03, 2016 2:00 am Post subject: Sony forces Saudi gamer called Jihad to change his PSN ID
|Sony has forced a Saudi gamer to change his PSN Online ID after declaring it offensive.
Earlier in June, Sony banned 26-year-old Jihad Al Mofadda's PlayStation 4 account over his online ID, "iJihad".
As chronicled in a post on the PS4 subReddit, Al Mofadda endured a frustrating back and forth with PlayStation customer support as he tried to explain his situation - and even posted a picture of his passport to prove his real first name is in fact Jihad.
"Before you hate on me, please remember 26 years ago, this s**t was not like this," he said.
"I've been named based on the true, non-religious meaning of the word, which is: Struggling & Putting an effort in doing something Noble, good and highly valued. Long story short, we're in 2016 ."
Al Mofadda had a brief email exchange with PlayStation customer support, and was offered the chance to change his PSN Online ID from iJihad to something else.
But then he received another email from PlayStation customer support, this time serving notice that Al Mofadda's account had been banned for breaching Sony's Terms of Service. Specifically, the use of Jihad in the PSN Online ID, which had been deemed "inappropriate and/or offensive".
Because of the ban, Al Mofadda no longer had access to any of his digital purchases - even offline. And Sony wanted him to create a new account just to keep using PlayStation Network.
Source: Euro Gamer