EB Games rallies behind R18+ rating for Aussie video games

EB Games launches R18+ classification petition

Australia’s largest video game retailer, EB Games, today announced that it will be throwing its support behind the push for an R18+ classification for computer and video games in Australia.

From today, in all 350 EB Games stores across Australia consumers will be able to sign a petition that will be used to lobby the Government to introduce an R18+ classification category for computer games. The petition may also be signed online at www.ebgames.com.au.

The petition is in response to a discussion paper released by the federal Government last year, which summarised the key arguments for and against an R18+ classification for computer games.

When asked why EB Games had finally chosen to support this issue with an in-store campaign, Managing Director Steve Wilson said: “Because our customers asked us to.”

Wilson added: “With the release of the Government’s discussion paper, we knew as a company that we needed to act on this issue as it continues to cripple our industry and cost local jobs. We did however want to be sure that our customers were as passionate about the matter as we are.”

EB Games set up an online poll on its website which asked, "Do you support an R18+ classification for video games?" In 10 days, more than 50,000 people responded to the survey with a resounding 84% (42,854) of respondents selecting "Yes, It’s time for change."

“Our customers have sent us a message loud and clear that this is an issue that needs to be addressed and we only get one shot at this. Once this Government paper is closed, it could be many years before we get another chance to voice our opinion on this issue. The time to be heard is now,” Wilson said.

"This is not a call for violent video games, but rather a call for a better classification system that brings Australia in line with the rest of the world and other Australian entertainment industries, such as films."

To sign the petition, head into your local EB Games store or visit . All petitions must be received by 14 February, 2010.

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