The BBC reported that a spokesman for Mojang, which makes Minecraft under the Microsoft umbrella after the latter bought the game for 2.5 billion dollars in September 2014, would not comment directly on the reports.
Minecraft is a videogame that allows the player to make designs with cubes in 2D or 3D. The game has several modes and in some of the modes, the player needs to survive in order to proceed.
“Although the game can be seen as encouraging creativity in children by letting them build houses, farmlands and bridges, mobs [hostile creatures] must be killed in order to protect these structures. In short, the game is based on violence” the ministry's said.
On Turkish social media, the report triggered an outcry, as well as conspiracy theories.
Noting that the ministry had originally launched the probe for violence targeting women in the game last month, but ended up with focusing on children instead, a number of tweeps claimed that Turkey's conservative government has an ulterior motive of banning Minecraft for prominently displaying pigs and pork, which is banned in Islamic food consumption.