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    Exclamation Nintendo blames German law for Wii U eShop mature content restrictions

    So, NoE must obey...



    According to Nintendo, German regulations are the cause of the restriction that reserves mature Wii U eShop content purchases to the hours between 11pm and 3am.

    As you may remember, last week it was revealed that 18+ Wii U eShop content could not be purchased until after 11 p.m. in Europe.

    Well, today Nintendo of Europe has finally explained the reason. Apparently, the restrictions are a result of a German youth protection law.

    "At Nintendo we always aim to provide a safe gaming experience for fans of all ages and ensure that we comply with applicable legal age restriction requirements across Europe," a Nintendo representative said.

    "Legal age restriction requirements vary across a number of European countries. Since Nintendo of Europe is based in Germany, Nintendo eShop is complying with German youth protection regulation which therefore applies to all our European markets," the statement continued. "Under German law, content rated 18+ must be made available only at night."

    "Therefore the accessibility of 18+ content in Nintendo eShop is limited to [USK: 22:00 UTC until 4:00 UTC] [PEGI: 23:00 UTC until 3:00 UTC]."
    So, there you have it. Because of that law, all European Wii U owners will be only allowed to purchase 18+ rated content between the hours of 11 p.m. and 3 a.m., without exception.

    What do you think of this restriction?

    NEWS SOURCE #1: German law blocking Wii-U content in Europe (via) GameSpot
    NEWS SOURCE #2: Wii-U mature content restrictions due to german law (via) CVG

    Our thanks to 'Gauss' for this news item!

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    Yep as a german i can confirm that the german youth protection laws are super annoying. And i'm actually surprised that 18+ content is available at this time, because for tv there are similar restrictions. But there it's content for 16 year olds that is the maximum that is allowed to be broadcasted, at night.

    And for websites, those have to use a system that makes sure the user is 18+ years old. There are no "yes i am 18 years old, let me in" buttons. Your age is verified via your bank account, or a system that involves the mailman to check your passport and a signature.

    PS: On the plus side, in germany there are no higher age restrictions than 18 years. With 18 years, you can drink(beer at 16), drive(18)(not in combination with drinking...), watch porn(18), vote and whatever.

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    Ridiculous. God, there is little that annoys me more than people telling other people what is good for them.

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    confusing.... Steam has USK 18 content 24/7 in their german online shop

    or do they mean stuff that is on the Index? that would be a first to have that available in an online-shop at all...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z3R0B4NG View Post
    confusing.... Steam has USK 18 content 24/7 in their german online shop
    Not really confusing...

    Steam Europe office is NOT in Germany, so the law does not really matter.

    In Nintendo's case, their Europe HQ is located in Germany, that is where all the mail goes, where all their offices are, does not matter that others are accessing the service from other EU countries, they have to go by the laws where their actual office building in Europe is located.

    If Nintendo had their offices in another EU country their service would be more open in that area, but might be subject to other legal issues.

    Only way for Nintendo to solve this, is close their German HQ and open someplace else, and I doubt that is going to happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z3R0B4NG View Post
    confusing.... Steam has USK 18 content 24/7 in their german online shop

    or do they mean stuff that is on the Index? that would be a first to have that available in an online-shop at all...
    I don't have a Steam account, but my guess is that the age is verified directly or indirectly via the back account when opening a Steam account. On the other hand nintendo never verifies the age, so under german law, they have to assume you are 6 years old and need to be protected.

    PS: Did i forget to mention that the german youth protection laws result in us/uk 16 rated games to be cut and rated 18?
    Last edited by Penner; 12-11-2012 at 01:04 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garyopa View Post
    Only way for Nintendo to solve this, is close their German HQ and open someplace else, and I doubt that is going to happen.
    or hire a company outside of germany to run the eu estore. it may cost them to do it but how much will they loose with the current stupid situation?


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