Uproar over racist ‘Dirty Chinese Restaurant’ mobile game (Video)

PETALING JAYA: A mobile game developer in Toronto has come under fire from the Chinese community there as well as the Chinese embassy in Canada over its new app called "Dirty Chinese Restaurant".

Big-O-Tree Games is feeling the backlash after sparking outrage over its new app that is denounced as blatantly racist and wildly offensive. The game has the player in charge of a Chinese restaurant which is sweatshop-like and semi-illegal.

The objective of the player is to turn the restaurant into a thriving establishment, but players are allowed to run the business as "honest or dishonest" as they desire, and they have the option of killing stray dogs and cats to serve to customers, or running the kitchen like a "sweatshop".

A preview of the game also shows the main chrater Wong Fu digging through trash cans for provisions, as well as an Immigration Officer deporting one of his employees.

Big-O-Tree Games said the game was satirical and it was "in no way is meant to be an accurate representation of Chinese culture".

The Markham company said the game would be out soon for Apple and Android devices but it has yet to announce a release date.

"The game is targetted at children and teenagers, which content will leave misconception towards the Chinese. They would think Chinese restaurants cook with cats and rats. It is total racism. There is no educational meaning at all," said Chen Jialing, a Toronto resident who is filing an official complaint against the game to the Office of the Prime Minister.

The Chinese embassy in Canada has objected to the game. The Consulate General in Toronto has released a statement, demanding that the company stop developing and selling the game immediately, remove it from the internet and make a public apology.

Big-O-Tree has defended its game in a statement posted on its website. "It has come to our attention that our small, independent game, 'Dirty Chinese Restaurant,' has upset some people due to its content," the statement reads.

"Our game is mainly satire and comedy influenced by the classic politically incorrect shows we grew up watching, such as: South Park, All in the Family, Sanford & Son, Family Guy, Simpsons, and Chappelle's Show. We also listen to Jay-Z."

You can watch a video preview of the game here: