Saudi clerics: App version of Pokemon requires new ruling

AP News
Posted: Jul 21, 2016 4:50 PM

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's senior council of clerics says it has not renewed a 2001 religious edict warning against playing Pokemon, and that the new mobile application version of the game "requires a new ruling."

The council said on its official Twitter account Thursday it has not yet issued an edict, or fatwa, on the popular newer version of the game, "Pokemon Go," which sees users chase digital critters as they move about the real world.

However, Saudi-based Arab News reported that Sheikh Saleh al-Fozan, a member of the ultraconservative council, said the current version of the game is similar to the old one.

The older fatwa prohibiting Pokemon also re-appeared this week on a ticker on the home page of the kingdom's portal for official religious decrees issued by the council.