Games rentals banned in Belgium

Friday, 31st October 2008 10:00 GMT By Patrick Garratt


According to this De Standaard piece, games rentals will be banned in Belgium as of December 1.

Gamemania – the largest specialist game retailer in Belgium – says in the piece that rentals make up 10 percent of its revenue.

Apparently the practice has always been illegal in the country, but has been tolerated until now.

No longer. Thanks, NeoGAF.



  1. Robo_1

    Yeah, my local GM is super pissed about it. About a third of shop space is dedicated to rentals, so this is going to hit them pretty hard.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. patlike

    You Belgian? Speak Dutch?

    #2 6 years ago
  3. MesserWolf

    why ban rental ? O.o

    #3 6 years ago
  4. patlike

    To force people to buy new games, innit.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Robo_1


    I live in Belgium (I’m from the UK originally) and I speak enough Dutch to order a beer… many beers in fact :)

    #5 6 years ago
  6. patlike

    Dank u wel! Helps to know who can speak what, innit :)

    #6 6 years ago
  7. MesserWolf

    ok pat , but where were retailers such as Blockbuster when they were approving this law . I mean what about films and library ? are they banned too ? I don’t think so , so why the difference of treatment .

    #7 6 years ago
  8. patlike

    Don’t ask me, dude. I’m a British journalist :D

    I agree, though. It sounds like one of those things that was OK until people started making proper money out of it. I’m sure secondhand book sales still go on in Belgium.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. MesserWolf


    #9 6 years ago

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