Germany’s war on violent videogames may soon claim a major casualty, with Crytek president and co-founder Cevat Yerli threatening to relocate his company to another country should the government ban action games.
“A ban on action games in Germany is concerning us because it is essentially like banning the German artists that create them,” said Yerli. “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 Far Cry and Crysis developer isn’t the only one up in arms over the government’s attempt to not only to prevent the retail sale of action titles, but their manufacture and development within the country’s borders – the proposed ban on violent action games, or ones that involve violent acts against human or human-like characters, has been delayed by a 60,000+ strong online petition.
“The current political discussion will deprive German talent of its place on the global game development stage,” Yerli said, “and deprive German consumers of entertainment that is considered safe and fun around the world.”