Crytek Will Leave Germany if Violent Game Ban is Passed

August 5, 2009 -

Far Cry and Crysis developer Crytek has renewed threats to leave Germany if a proposed ban on violent video games is passed. As GamePolitics noted in June, the recommendation by German interior ministers would impose a total ban on the production and distribution of violent games.

Edge Online has comment from Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli (left) on what the unprecedented government action would mean for his company:

A ban on action games in Germany is concerning us because it is essentially like banning the German artists that create them. 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 current political discussion will deprive German talent of its place on the global game development stage, and deprive German consumers of entertainment that is considered safe and fun around the world.

How extreme is the anti-game sentiment in certain quarters of the German government? So extreme that in 2004, a SWAT team raided Crytek's offices. Crytek developer Tim Partlett described the scene:

In 2004 the Bavarian authorities sent in the state troopers... When the small tech team appeared to inspect our computers, they were accompanied by over one hundred flak-jacketed riot police, all armed with Heckler and Koch sub-machine guns.

It was a total overreaction... They arrived first thing in the morning, and kicked down our doors. They even raided the nearby private residences...

I was caught just outside the office...  We were all shepherded into our Mo-Cap room, and there we were forced to remain until questioned, prevented from leaving by dozens of armed guards...

More than 60,000 Germans have signed a petition against the ban, triggering a mandatory government review of the proposal.


Comments

Re: Crytek Will Leave Germany if Violent Game Ban is Passed

You mean to say that they've stayed in Germany, despite the 04 incident? I hadn't heard of the incedent before this, but still...

Germany, you are one lucky country, to pull crap like that and not have them relocate.

Re: Crytek Will Leave Germany if Violent Game Ban is Passed

Crytek...COME TO CHARLOTTE.  We NEED more game developers here!

"HEY! LISTEN!"

"HEY! LISTEN!"

Re: Crytek Will Leave Germany if Violent Game Ban is Passed

So what was the reason for the 2004 raid? You dont get that many men together without some reasoning, even if it's false.

Re: Crytek Will Leave Germany if Violent Game Ban is Passed

No kidding.

"...they were accompanied by over one hundred flak-jacketed riot police, all armed with Heckler and Koch sub-machine guns."

100 Police officers wearing flak jackets, sporting H&K manufactured MP5's? That's taking it over the top.

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Re: Crytek Will Leave Germany if Violent Game Ban is Passed

Their claim was that Crytek was using pirated software. Which was obviously a straight-up lie so that they would have an excuse to rough up the Crytek employees a bit, put a bit of fear of the government in them.

 

Re: Crytek Will Leave Germany if Violent Game Ban is Passed

 oh ya... pirated software... ya, sounds like a reason to use a 100 man riot squad... i figured they would need for something like, y'know, a riot... or poeple that were armed in any such fashion

Re: Crytek Will Leave Germany if Violent Game Ban is Passed

Great, one day they'll find out you have an emulator on your computer and then you get raided by a swat team.

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Re: Crytek Will Leave Germany if Violent Game Ban is Passed

Because someone claimed that they would be using pirated software. Which they didn't.

Re: Crytek Will Leave Germany if Violent Game Ban is Passed

yeah over reacting much? These are just game developers, were 100 armed police really necessary?

Re: Crytek Will Leave Germany if Violent Game Ban is Passed

 Well they have extensive knowledge on weaponry and tatics... they have to be, they're the ones making murder simulators.  Only exeprience ppl can make that kind of intense and realistic simulations, they should of been shot on sight.

Re: Crytek Will Leave Germany if Violent Game Ban is Passed

I wouldn't be surprised if they just sent the police to pick up whatever they can; anything to prove how "dastardly" game developers are.

Re: Crytek Will Leave Germany if Violent Game Ban is Passed

Nice going Germany, you're a shining example to all!

Seriously, my country is still using its police for silly tasks, like raiding drug cartels, weapons smugglers, and all the rest of it, when they should be focusing on the source of all crime... pimple-faced teens and bored businessmen.

Re: Crytek Will Leave Germany if Violent Game Ban is Passed

And they'll be losing more business if their laws don't make it accessible to produce and sell many video games.

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