EB Games has received over 46,000 submissions in support of the introduction of an R18+ rating for computer games.
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An EB Games employee with the signed petitions boxed up to be sent to the Attorney-General’s Department
The petition was available through EB Games stores and online at www.ebgames.com.au and will be presented to the Attorney-General’s Department this week in support of the IGEA submission presented earlier this week.
EB Games Managing Director Steve Wilson said, “EB Games fully supports the IGEA’s submission for the introduction of an R18+ rating. This introduction of an R18+ rating in Australia is long overdue and we have welcomed this opportunity to show the Government that this is an issue that is not only supported by the gaming industry but also by the majority of Australians.”
EB Games collected over 30,000 hand-signed submissions in just two weeks, along with an additional 16,000 submissions that were collected online in conjunction with the Grow Up Australia campaign.
Mr Wilson said, “The response that we have received to our petition in just two weeks has been simply phenomenal. Over 46,000 Australian’s have taken the time to show their support for the introduction of an R 18+ rating.”
He continued, “This ground swell of support has proven in no uncertain terms, and once and for all, that there is not just a minority calling for this change, but rather everyday Australians.
“This is not a call for violent video games, but rather a better classification system and fair go for the local industry. Titles such as Left For Dead 2 in their unedited form are being imported unregulated and unclassified into Australia. This is not only concerning from a classification perspective, but it is also affecting local jobs,” Mr Wilson concluded.