Sony's online store in Japan moves to
restrict access to games
PlayStation.com Japan building roadblocks to
prevent the sale of adults only-rated games to minors.
TOKYO--Following recent activity at the local
level to regulate the sale of violent or mature-themed games in
Japan, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan (SCEJ)
said today it will begin restricting the sale of
certain video games to minors at its
online shopping site.
Starting in mid-September, the online store
will require that purchasers of games rated "Over 18" by CERO
(the Japanese equivalent of the ESRB) prove that they are, in
fact, at least 18 years old.
SCEJ says it will disclose additional
specifics of the program shortly.
Last month, the Japanese game industry said it
intends to work in tandem with retailers to more effectively
regulate sales of some games to minors. The industry's
self-regulation policies are seen as a move to deter the
Japanese government from imposing regulations of its own.
As reported earlier in GameSpot, the Kanagawa
prefecture government has already moved to ban the sale of Grand
Theft Auto III to minors, claiming it qualifies as a "harmful
The ban has led other prefectures to consider
taking similar steps as well. Osaka prefecture will address
whether it will impose an age-limit restriction in September.
Ishikawa and Saitama prefectures are also planning to regulate
sales of violent games.