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Switzerland Passes Legislature Targeting Violent Video Games

Switzerland Passes Legislature Targeting Violent Video Games

One month ago it was widely reported that the Swiss government were preparing a radical overhaul of the laws governing video games that were perceived to be violent. The new rules have been subsequently passed and the situation doesn’t look too encouraging for fans of games with mature content.

Although the exact ruling has not been reported anywhere yet, it is understood that the Swiss National Council will be introducing rules that will lead to an outright ban of the production, distribution and sale of any games that are deemed unsuitable. This may simply be those that achieve above a certain age classification, or games being reviewed by a governing body to determine their content.

The original plans for the revision had called for a ban on any game that requires cruel acts of violence against humans and humanlike creatures for in-game success, something that is almost identical to the law currently used in Germany.

Those opposed to the motion included retailers who wanted to have self-regulation that prohibited sales to minors. This concession doesn’t look likely, but an official announcement regarding the ruling is expected soon.

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