|A Greek law banning all electronic games in public has been declared unconstitutional. The decision by the Thessaloniki court could eventually see the law repealed, according to reports.|
A test case was brought against two Internet café owners and one employee, who let customers play games in their café. They were allowed to go free on Tuesday.
Greek legislators were scratching their heads yesterday as to how they might redraft the law.
'We're in a pickle,' admitted a legal aide at the ministry of finance.
The Greek gaming and Internet café community said the problem with the law was that although it was initially conceived to address gambling, the terms of the final legislation were broadened to cover all forms of electronic games.
'Nobody from the members of the parliament realised or could foresee the effects that this would have for PC games, Internet games and game consoles, simply because they are not familiar with that side of technology,' said Nikos Kakayanis, managing director of a string of Internet cafes called The Web.
'The Greek government banned computer and console games in an attempt to stop illegal gambling,' said Kakayanis. 'The point is that although the government admitted that it is a tough measure they could not realise that banning computer games and consoles would be a major issue.'