RSL Club Forced To Cancel 'Call Of Duty' Tournament After Complaints From Veterans

Tournament just after ANZAC Day

RSL Club Forced To Cancel 'Call Of Duty' Tournament After Complaints From Veterans

An RSL club in Sydney's north-west has cancelled a Call of Duty tournament scheduled for the week following ANZAC Day after complaints were made by veterans to the State Government.

Castle Hill RSL had been promoting the COD tournament, with a prize of $300 for the winner, for May 7 and 8.

This involved the game Call of Duty: WWII being played, which is a multiplayer game rewarding players for notching up the biggest number of enemy kills.

"I've never played the game, but I understand this is a game of skill and you go into the virtual reality and kill the enemy" Veteran Affairs Minister David Elliot told the ABC.

"I do think promoting war as entertainment a week after ANZAC Day, in front of veterans and war widows is probably just stepping over the line."

The chief executive of Castle Hill RSL has acknowledged that "the WWII focus of this promotion is not an appropriate one for an RSL club".

 

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