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Is selling World of Warcraft illegal in Australia? Maybe...

Boy, it must be hard to be a gamer in Australia. The country's government won't allow certain games to be sold because it doesn't have the equivalent of the US's own "M" game rating. Now word comes out that many MMOs sold in the country are going unrated and that may get them in trouble with local attorney generals.

The issue was first raised last week in a feature article at our sister site Massively who noticed that most MMO games like World of Warcraft and Warhammer Online don't have any ratings on their retail boxes in that country. Apparently many publishers didn't submit these games to the country's ratings board because they didn't think they were required to do so. Some industry insiders still may have that idea. The Sydney Morning Herald has a statement from Ron Curry, the chief executive of the Interactive Entertainment Association of Australia, who says, "If such a game is hosted locally it falls under the jurisdiction of the Broadcasting Services Act, but if it is hosted internationally, it's classified in the country that hosts the game, rather than in Australia."

That rationalization isn't cutting it with local Attorney-General John Hatzistergos who told the Herald, "The NSW legislation covers computer games bought online as well as those bought in stores, and treats single, multi-player and online games the same way." He states that anyone buying unclassified games could face penalties. There could also be jail terms of up to 12 months. Companies that sell such games could face double the fine amount. For its part, a Blizzard rep made a statement on the World of Warcraft message board stating, "...we will always respect the laws of the countries in which we operate."
Категория: World of Warcraft | Добавил: Khazad (28.07.2009) | Автор: Posted Feb 5th 2009 John Callaham
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