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Canadian Gov't, Retailers Propose Methods For Regulating Game Sales

Canadian retailers and games publishers have announced a joint initiative aimed at curbing children’s access to violent and age-restricted videogames. The so-called "Comm...
Canadian retailers and games publishers have announced a joint initiative aimed at curbing children’s access to violent and age-restricted videogames. The so-called "Commitment to Parents" program is still voluntary and is based on existing age ratings used on game packaging. Most major Canadian videogame retailers already belong to the US-based Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), which voluntarily rates games and has always suggested that stores verify a customer’s age through some sort of ID. Although the retailer initiative was welcomed by parents and teachers' groups, the Ontario government plans to introduce a mandatory ratings system, with heavy fines for retailers that fail to check customers' ID - steps which some other provinces have already taken. Under the Ontario Theatres Act, fines for violating the rules range from $25,000 and a year in jail for individuals, up to $100,000 for corporations.

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