Nintendo confirms German law to blame for Europe-wide Wii U eShop 18+ content re

#1squatch22Posted 12/10/2012 3:17:07 AM
Nintendo confirms German law to blame for Europe-wide Wii U eShop 18+ content restrictions

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-12-10-nintendo-explains-crazy-wii-u-eshop-restrictions

Nintendo has explained the restrictions on Wii U eShop 18+ content.

Last week Eurogamer confirmed that Nintendo of Europe blocks access to 18+ content on the Wii U eShop at certain times of day.

We were unable to buy 18-rated content, such as ZombiU and Assassin's Creed 3, during the day time. This, it emerged, was because access to content Nintendo deems unsuitable to minors is restricted to the 11pm to 3am time window on these shores.

This morning Nintendo confirmed to Eurogamer that these restrictions are in place because of German regulations - regulations Nintendo of Europe is bound by because it is based there.

“At Nintendo we always aim to provide a safe gaming experience for fans of all ages and ensure that we comply with applicable legal age restriction requirements across Europe,” a Nintendo spokesperson told Eurogamer.

“Legal age restriction requirements vary across a number of European countries. Since Nintendo of Europe is based in Germany, Nintendo eShop is complying with German youth protection regulation which therefore applies to all our European markets. Under German law, content rated 18+ must be made available only at night.

“Therefore the accessibility of 18+ content in Nintendo eShop is limited to [USK: 22:00 UTC until 4:00 UTC] [PEGI: 23:00 UTC until 3:00 UTC].”

USK is the abbreviation of Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle, the Entertainment Software Self-Regulation Body responsible for computer game ratings in Germany. On these shores we're governed by PEGI, so can only buy and access 18+ content on the Wii U eShop from 11pm to 3am.
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#2Xeeh_BitzPosted 12/10/2012 3:20:01 AM
Well, so much for GTA V ever coming to the Wii U along with multiple other 18+ Games
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#3FoppePosted 12/10/2012 3:20:21 AM
They got a UK branch, should have put the server there instead.
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#4BuretsuPosted 12/10/2012 3:22:10 AM
Xeeh_Bitz posted...
Well, so much for GTA V ever coming to the Wii U along with multiple other 18+ Games


You do realize that it doesn't stop the Wii U from getting 18+ games or stop people from playing 18+ games whenever they want, right? Or that it only applies to Europe, and not the entire world?
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#5FoppePosted 12/10/2012 3:25:44 AM
Xeeh_Bitz posted...
Well, so much for GTA V ever coming to the Wii U along with multiple other 18+ Games


That the server is located in Germany got nothing to do with retail games being rated 18+ or not.
I mean, we already got M-rated games, how much more violent must they be to get a 18+ rating in Europe?
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#6SorsShinjoPosted 12/10/2012 3:26:49 AM
squatch22 posted...
Nintendo confirms German law to blame for Europe-wide Wii U eShop 18+ content restrictions

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-12-10-nintendo-explains-crazy-wii-u-eshop-restrictions

Nintendo has explained the restrictions on Wii U eShop 18+ content.

Last week Eurogamer confirmed that Nintendo of Europe blocks access to 18+ content on the Wii U eShop at certain times of day.

We were unable to buy 18-rated content, such as ZombiU and Assassin's Creed 3, during the day time. This, it emerged, was because access to content Nintendo deems unsuitable to minors is restricted to the 11pm to 3am time window on these shores.

This morning Nintendo confirmed to Eurogamer that these restrictions are in place because of German regulations - regulations Nintendo of Europe is bound by because it is based there.

“At Nintendo we always aim to provide a safe gaming experience for fans of all ages and ensure that we comply with applicable legal age restriction requirements across Europe,” a Nintendo spokesperson told Eurogamer.

“Legal age restriction requirements vary across a number of European countries. Since Nintendo of Europe is based in Germany, Nintendo eShop is complying with German youth protection regulation which therefore applies to all our European markets. Under German law, content rated 18+ must be made available only at night.

“Therefore the accessibility of 18+ content in Nintendo eShop is limited to [USK: 22:00 UTC until 4:00 UTC] [PEGI: 23:00 UTC until 3:00 UTC].”

USK is the abbreviation of Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle, the Entertainment Software Self-Regulation Body responsible for computer game ratings in Germany. On these shores we're governed by PEGI, so can only buy and access 18+ content on the Wii U eShop from 11pm to 3am.


Im from germany and this is a lie. We have, kind of such laws, but they can all be circumvented with the implementation of age restrictions
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#7dasboosPosted 12/10/2012 3:27:22 AM
Way to try a dispell the notion that it's another kiddie console.
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#8squatch22(Topic Creator)Posted 12/10/2012 3:28:12 AM
Xeeh_Bitz posted...
Well, so much for GTA V ever coming to the Wii U along with multiple other 18+ Games


Call of Duty says hello

http://image.gamespotcdn.net/gamespot/images/box/2/9/7/683297_287377_front.jpg
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#9FoppePosted 12/10/2012 3:31:14 AM
squatch22 posted...
Xeeh_Bitz posted...
Well, so much for GTA V ever coming to the Wii U along with multiple other 18+ Games


Call of Duty says hello

http://image.gamespotcdn.net/gamespot/images/box/2/9/7/683297_287377_front.jpg


Don't forget ZombiU.
http://www.gamefaqs.com/wii-u/673013-zombiu/images/box-277846
Mass Effect 3
http://www.gamefaqs.com/wii-u/673037-mass-effect-3-special-edition/images/box-285754

And probably most games that got a M-rate in USA.
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#10Xeeh_BitzPosted 12/10/2012 3:32:55 AM
Buretsu posted...
Xeeh_Bitz posted...
Well, so much for GTA V ever coming to the Wii U along with multiple other 18+ Games


You do realize that it doesn't stop the Wii U from getting 18+ games or stop people from playing 18+ games whenever they want, right? Or that it only applies to Europe, and not the entire world?


It cuts sales down by quite a bit because if you want to purchase the game online you have to wait and not a lot of businesses want to deal with that.

and it effects all of Europe which is a good portion of the world, so of course they're going to decide if it's cost effective to port the game over, going to look at sales restrictions.

Digital sales for PC by far makes the developer more money, less overhead, no packaging and it's becoming a more preferred method for delivery of product

I'm sure if it was more practical it would be the same way for consoles but this is obviously the wrong direction.
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