EU proposals could mean refunds for buggy games

Friday, 15 May 2009 13:20 GMT By Patrick Garratt


EU officials are proposing that games be brought in line with a European law that states people are entitled to refunds if products don’t work “with fair commercial conditions”.

Like, if it’s broken. As in, if it’s buggy.

Commissioners Viviane Reding and Meglena Kuneva want to expand the EU Sales and Guarantees Directive to cover games, meaning they’ll carry with them a two-year guarantee.

Games body TIGA thinks it’s a bad plan.

“They have to be careful not to stifle new ideas,” TIGA boss Richard Wilson told the BBC.

“Consumers need good quality products – that is only reasonable – but if the legislation is too heavy-handed it could make publishers and developers very cautious.”

More through there.