Midway’s Blitz: The League Banned in Australia

As reported by GameSpot, Midway’s Blitz: The League has been banned from the Australian market.

The Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) refused classification (i.e., refused to rate) the game, based on in-game drug use. Blitz had been planned for a February 22nd release Down Under. The refusal to classify effectively bans the game. An OFLC report on the decision says:

In the course of the game, the player may access what are purported to be both legal and illegal performance-enhancing drugs… Fake urine samples may also be acquired for avoiding positive drug tests. While the game-player can choose not to use the drugs, in the Board’s majority view there is an incentive to use them.

It is unclear whether Midway or the local Australian distributor will appeal the ruling.

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