Australia, February 3, 2009 - In a shocking move this morning, the Sydney Morning Herald has reported that Australian retailers will no longer be allowed to sell any online game that has not been classified by the Australian Classification Board.
This move directly affects games such as World of Warcraft(...)
Australian police will be responsible for enforcing the penalties, which range from $1100 to $11,000 for individuals and/or 12 months' imprisonment, and approximately double those figures for corporations. (my emphasis) (Source)
So basically, if you sell WoW or other unrated MMOs, you'll be in big trouble.
Guess I won't be selling those two spare CEs of mine..
The New South Wales Police are asking people to contact them if they see retailers selling World of Warcraft or other massively multiplayer online games.
To make things more interesting, a spokesman for the New South Wales police minister told The Sydney Morning Herald that if people see a store selling these games they should file a complaint with the police so they can take action.(Source)
Read the Sydney Morning Herald story here.
Apparently this was first picked up by Massively - here's the original article.
I really have nothing to say but /BOGGLE. Rather than find a workaround for this problem, they want to make all of these popular games illegal - take the easy way out - and send people to jail for selling them?
They'd better fix this rubbish before the next expansion or they're going to have a whole bunch of angry Aussie nerds beating down their doors.