Distributors, Retailers React to Proposed Brazilian Game Ban

February 8, 2010 -

Early in December, word came out of Brazil that the country was considering legislation to make it a crime to create, import or distribute videogames “that affect the customs, traditions of the people, their worship, creeds, religions and symbols.”

The bill was sponsored by Brazilian Senator Valdir Raupp, who, as Brazilian website UOL reports (translated), is not in the habit of playing videogames himself and could not name any particular game that might fall under the proposed legislation.

Raupp did, however, diss Brazil’s rating system for games—the Department of Justice, Ratings, Titles and Qualification (DJCTQ)—saying he was “certain” that people were not following its guidelines. David Ulysses, Director of the Department of Justice, would not address Raupp’s comments directly, but believes that it is not necessary to censor games in Brazil, saying that the current system supports freedom of expression and consumer choice.

Marcos Khalil owns UZ Games, a retail videogame establishment in Brazil with 22 locations. He stated that such a ban could further impact what is already a “small domestic industry” and could lead to him closing stores and laying off employees, not to mention increasing illegal sales or piracy of games.

Level-Up! Managing Director Julio Vietez, whose company serves up digital copies of games via the Internet, was concerned over the term “offensive” used in the bill, noting that what is offensive to one person or group might not necessarily offend a different person or group.

Glauco Bueno, Director of Marketing and Strategy of Latin America for distributor Synergex, also expressed dismay should the bill become law, “It would be a setback to the advancement of the entertainment media in Brazil, with serious effects on the chain…”


Thanks Maurício!


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Re: Distributors, Retailers React to Proposed Brazilian ...

I feel sorry for the Brazilians, since that SEGA had strong support for their consoles over there.

Master System, Genises (Mega Drive), Saturn and the Dreamcast were really popular over there in Brazil, but sadly no politician will know what a Dreamcast is, and they only think that a Saturn is a planet in space.

 

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Sega had support, because Genesis hardware was built in Brazil, and importing a game console to Brazil costs more in customs alone than the whole device costs in the US or in Europe.

Also that law has the most ridiculously vague language I've ever seen. A ban on games that "affect" customs could apply to anything.

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"The bill was sponsored by Brazilian Senator Valdir Raupp, who, as Brazilian website UOL reports (translated), is not in the habit of playing videogames himself and could not name any particular game that might fall under the proposed legislation."
 

He can't even think of a videogame that the law might affect. What's the reason they even made such a law, if no videogame is the reason? And if there is a problem with a system, don't scrap it entirely. FIX IT!!! And if the people aren't following the guidlines, how to solve that? The people need to be educated on how it works.

I will say the same thing I said in the last videogame brazilian article. Keep note I speak from personal experience because I have been there and have relatives there. The problem involving videogames in brazil is piracy. It's huge there. Massive in fact. They are easy to find and already cheaper than legally bought games. Restricting legal methods of selling the games will only make things worse.

"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." -Albert Einstein

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The only thing that comes to my mind is that you'd have to remove Blanka's stages from the old Street Fighter games.

Can anyone think of any other games that would fall under this bill?

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Gellymatos, I think this senator could be secretly be involved with pirating game.  Remember, pirating items make a lot of money like drug trade.  Also, politicians are not what it seem.  Politcians around the world have been involved with illegal activities.  This Brazillian senator could be involve with one.  He just using the the ban game thing to help promote piracy.  If this guy knows about piracy, then he knows not to put a ban in place.

 

   

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I hope this bill dosen't get passed in Brazil, its such a smack in the face for there freedom of speech.

http://www.magicinkgaming.com/

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Looks like more people will be vanishing over night.

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