Australian Gaming Industry Won’t Fight Ban On “Marc Ecko’s Getting Up”

Video Game Law Blog

April 17, 2006

In February of this year, we reported that 'Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure"?, after having originally been classified MA15+ by the Federal Government's Classification Review Board, had since been effectively banned from sale when the board decided to remove its classification.

The board's main concern with the game is the idea that it teaches players about graffiti and encourages criminal behavior.

The move was the first time that the board had revoked classification for a computer game and Australia is the only country in the world to have banned the game. Given this situation, it was expected, at the time, that the Australian computer gaming industry would contest the board's decision.

However, the Interactive Entertainment Association of Australia (IEAA) announced this week that it has decided against launching a court challenge against the board's decision.

The IEAA released a statement saying that while it felt there were strong legal grounds to challenge the decision, costs were a factor.

"Our decision to not appeal this matter in the Federal Court was made on the basis of the costs involved in establishing these facts in a court of law," IEAA CEO Mr Chris Hanlon said in a statement.

"The IEAA also believes it is more constructive to work with the Attorney General's Department to improve the classification process".

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