Dan Amrich, Acitivision’s community manager, has taken to Youtube to explain why he thinks region locking is acceptable. Nintendo platforms are no stranger to the practise of region locking, with both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U unable to play games from other territories. Here’s what Amrich had to say about the controversial practise used by Nintendo and Microsoft.
“Short version: no, it’s not enforcing piracy. I don’t think you’re going to ever find any major publisher trying to encourage people to rip them off.”
“You can’t infringe on that Japanese company’s rights or that American company’s rights by releasing the game in the opposite territory if you don’t have the legal right to do it. Region locking sort of helps police who has the rights to make what money in what territory.”
“Is the content that you’re releasing in Country A acceptable in Country B? Germany is notoriously hard-nosed on things like violent content in video games.”