WoW not for sale in Australia? (Official Response)
So a lot of attention has been paid lately to the recent news that WoW was supposedly no longer legally for sale in Australia. Apparently the issue is that being an online game, WoW is not rated by the Australian ratings board—and new legislation has just been passed to prevent the sale of unrated games. WoWInsider had a story posted about it
Well, the day of the law change has passed and WoW is still on the shelves.
(and their sister site,
) claim it's because no one really cares enough about the issue to pull them, but a recent email from Blizzard seems to indicate otherwise. At Nethaera's request, I have republished the email here after the break.
We wanted to get the word out to you on the latest information that has been circulating in regard to the legal status of sales of World of Warcraft in Australia. There has been a lot of wrong information circulated and we wanted to make sure you had the most accurate information to either update your communities with or amend information that you may have shared with your communities.
Our official stance is as follows:
Blizzard Entertainment and its affiliates work very closely with the Interactive Entertainment Association of Australia to ensure that we are in full compliance with Australian law as it relates to the distribution and operation of our games, including World of Warcraft. We’d like to reassure all of our players that World of Warcraft is currently, and has always been, distributed and operated legally in Australia.
What do you guys think? Is this just standard corporate CYA, or is there some kind of misunderstanding here? Any aussies out there who know the score?
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