With all of the furor surrounding the proposed FPB Amendment Bill, its easy to forget the effect the FPB currently has on gaming in South Africa.
Like did you know that stores could face a hefty fine for allowing underage gamers to play age-restricted games in their store?
“It is an offence to exhibit films, including games, to any person contrary to the age restriction imposed by the Film and Publication Board.”
“Only games or films classified as SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES, including those rated “A” and “PG”, may be publicly exhibited by way of trailers or “demos” unless access can be restricted to only people over the stated age restriction.”
That means stores could face a fine for even a totally innocuous trailer playing in the background if such game is age-restricted.
It’s not just limited to trailers either, “demo stations” are also liable under the Act, meaning retailers are not supposed to demo any games with the above restrictions to the South African public.