Iranian customs have a reputation for being strict when it comes to women. It seems that those same customs even extend into the video game world. Specifically, League of Legend women.
A League of Legends tournament is scheduled to take place between September 12 and September 16 in Iran but it may not happen if government conditions cannot be met. As far as I can tell the major problem they have with the game is the female characters. The higher-ups in Iran believe that the female characters in LoL wear clothing that is far too revealing, and to a certain extent I can agree with that.
According to Iran’s World Cyber Games Facebook page female characters have been banned from the tournament because they do not comply with Iranian customs which state that women must be covered when in public. Only their family may see their hair uncovered and only their husband may see their body uncovered other than their hands and face.
The banned characters include Ahri, Akali, Ashe, Caitlyn, Cassiopia, Diana, Elise, Evelyn, Fiora, Irelia, Janna, Karma, Katarina, Kayle, Leblanc, Leona, Lissandra, Lulu, Lux, Miss Fortune, Morgana, Nami, Nidalee, Oriana, Quinn, Riven, Sejuani, Shyvana, Sivir, Sona, Soraka, Syndra, Tristana, Vayne, Vi, and Zyra. If I am not mistaken that is all of the female characters in the game. Aren’t these characters essential to the gameplay and strategy? How hard would it be to play without them?
As it turns out, they are not completely against all of the female characters. They are currently considering allowing a few into the tournament. Those under consideration include Diana, Fiora, Karma (in her traditional skin), Kayle, Leona, Lissandra, Lulu, Lux, Nami, Quinn, Sejuani, Tristana, and Vayne.
The tournament organizers are currently in talks with the Iranian government to come to a solution that will make everyone happy and provide an enjoyable yet challenging tournament for the players. If they cannot come to an agreement, the tournament will be cancelled. Hopefully it doesn't come to that.