Brazilian society reacted with scandal after the appearance on the Google Play Store of a slavery simulator (Simulador de Escravidão), a mobile phone game in which players could buy and sell enslaved people.
The game, which had no age rating, had reportedly been available since April 20 this year and had been downloaded over a thousand times. Users reviewed the game positively, with one describing it as “great to pass the time but no more torture options.”
The game was removed from the Google Play store on Wednesday, May 24, but remained available to those who had already downloaded it, reports the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper.
The existence of a game that minimizes slavery was met with outrage and disgust by Brazilians, who denounced it as racist and called on developer Magnus Games and Google to be held accountable.
“At any moment, your black child could find themselves in a game where they are reduced to slavery, and if your child is white, they will be taught through recreational racism to become a real-life enslaver,” said Bruno Cândido, a black lawyer who teaches anti-discrimination law.
Brazil’s Ministry of Racial Equality said it has contacted the developer and Google to work with them on measures to curb racist content online.