Crytek May Leave Germany

German website PC Games recently spoke with Crytek's president and co-founder Cevat Yerli regarding Germany's threat to ban action games. The country is currently focusing on action titles that involve violent acts against humans and/or humanoid characters. If enforced, not only will retail outlets be banned from selling games that fall into that classification, but developers within Germany will no longer be able to create those types of games.

"A ban on action games in Germany is concerning us because it is essentially like banning the German artists that create them," Yerli told PC Games Germany. "If the German creative community can't effectively participate in one of the most important cultural mediums of our future, we will be forced to relocate to other countries.”

"The current political discussion will deprive German talent of its place on the global game development stage, and deprive German consumers of entertainment that is considered safe and fun around the world," he added.

According to Gamesindustry.biz, German officials wanted to implement the ban before the federal elections in September, however an online petition directed against the ban have put those plans on hold. German rule dictates that petitions must reach over 50,000 signatures and be submitted to the Bundestag in less than six weeks in order to be considered. Because the petition acquired 67,000 signatures, it now must be read and discussed in parliament.

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  • Gin Fushicho
    Thats total Bull shit. What the hell is Germany thinking? They have the most violent past in history!
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  • gamefreak62
    This draws from research that states that young children are impressionable and may be susceptible to violent actions if seen from a young age. However, we already have things in place to keep children from buying these violent games, and if they still get their hands on them it's probably from an adult. Parents need to be the censorship for children, not a government.
    ABTW, research also shows that people predisposed to violence often play those games, so the games themselves aren't necessarily the culprit of violence.
    Although who did what research escapes me now because our stupid newsgroups like to say "research shows" and "experts say" and not tell us what research and which experts...
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  • Kaiser_25
    Idiots blaming the games...they (the world) needs to wake up and quit giving people excuses for failing at life ie. shootings etc. All games are just entertainment.
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  • Gin Fushicho
    Thats total Bull shit. What the hell is Germany thinking? They have the most violent past in history!
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  • nukemaster
    "Thnks to a possible ban on action games, Crytek may be forced to leave Germany."
    Slight typo

    "Thanks to a possible ban on action games, Crytek may be forced to leave Germany."
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  • falchard
    The only reason you have a business in Germany today is if you originally lived there. The cost to run a business is just so steep, and you lose nearly any profit for taxes, VAT and the like. I bet its something they wanted to do, but legislation like this is a nail in the coffin.
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