Saudi Arabian gamer Jihad Al-Mofadda, previously “iJihad” on the PlayStation Network, was permanently banned from the service – locking out his access to some 180 purchased games – over his PSN ID. Which is, you know, his real name, but which was also “deemed inappropriate” by PlayStation support. You can’t make this stuff up.
Jihad had been using the alias on PSN for over six years already, he explained on Reddit, since he first bought a PS3 console. Querying the account suspension with PlayStation support, Jihad even sent a copy of his passport to show that “Jihad” is his legal name. No go. “I can appreciate that your name has many meanings but it has one meaning that a lot of users find offensive,” he was told in an email reply.
According to Islamic doctrine, a “jihad” is a holy war against infidels, or a personal struggle with sin, but has lately acquired a, uh, somewhat negative connotation in other parts of the world.
When media got hold of the story, PlayStation offered to change Jihad’s PSN ID, but as he added in an update, that “has its costs” – his game trophies aren’t syncing to the new ID and his social stuff was nuked. TERRORISTS WIN.