Belgium outlaws game rentals


no-rentals-in-belgium.jpgIt’s amazing how far countries are prepared to bend over backwards to prop up the ailing entertainment industry business model which simply doesn’t work any more. Here’s the latest – Belgium has outlawed video game rentals, because they were making too much of a dent in games sales.

From December 1, no Belgians will be able to rent any video games. Unless they live near the border, I suppose, and the border has a videogame rental store on it. The Belgian Entertainment Association has won a big victory against its customers here, which is a shame – it won’t make people buy more games – it’ll just send them straight to the Pirate Bay.

Belgian Entertainment Association (via Kotaku)

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  • I guess a lot of gamers won’t be thrilled by that act and frauds will boom.

  • Now that’s a country which will go a long way. It’s amazing what things some countries do preserve their economy.

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