Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Aussie + WoW = jail time

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..

And more:

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.


Anonymous said...

Yep, pyroblast coming their way... then I Frost Nova, blink & go invisible...

Sad, sad world we live in...

Bell said...

Holy crap O_o


...messed up.

Chewbaca said...

Hacking there doors and downloading off the mainframes RAWR!!

Anonymous said...

GG stupid Attorneys General for refusing to update Australia's video game rating system making us one of the most censored countries in the world for video games. Is it not enough that taxes on video games here are exorbitantly higher than other comparable economies and the government can't entice anyone, not even the national telecom, to produce a modern internet infrastructure.

- Camel

Anonymous said...

For the second time in my life I have contacted my local member, time to get the pollies working for me!

Anonymous said...

AHAHAHAHAHH just get a subscription online, then download the game.

Owned your laws.