In June the German government passed an adjusted law for the protection of the youth. Now this law claimed a first victim.
Will German users have to use international gameservers to play shooter games?
The successful provider of game servers, IP Entertainment, shuts down XG1.de at the end of July. According to a statement, this is the only logical step because of the persistent hostile political climate, the ongoing discussion and accentuation of laws for the protection of the youth.
Actual consequences of the new law are difficult to predict, but it might affect the situation of E-Sports and gaming in general. Especially games that are classified to glorify violence - often first-person or 3D shooters - will be subject to heavy restrictions. The law, for example, specifies the size of the rating label that has to be placed on every game's package and the medium itself.
Talking to Golem.de, XG1 CEO Timo Hilbertz, said that gamers might bypass the restrictions by using providers located in other countries.