Crytek will leave Germany if action games are banned

Crytek will leave Germany if action games are banned
Michael French

By Michael French

August 5th 2009 at 10:29AM

Potential ruling against violent games would drive out its biggest home-grown talent

The boss of German studio Crytek has said his company will relocate out of the country if a ruling is passed banning action games.

Cevat Yerli this week told German site PC Games that the potential ban on violent content - a long-running point of contention for authorities in Germany - was a serious concern for him.

"A ban on action games in Germany is concerning us because it is essentially like banning the German artists that create them," he said.

"If the German creative community can't effectively participate in one of the most important cultural mediums of our future, we will be forced to relocate to other countries.”

Crytek, creator of the Far Cry and Crysis franchises, was founded ten years ago in Frankfurt and has since expanded to beyond Germany including sites in the UK, Korea, the Ukraine and Hungary.

Yerli added: "The current political discussion will deprive German talent of its place on the global game development stage, and deprive German consumers of entertainment that is considered safe and fun around the world."