|The Greek government has “backed down over its blanket ban on computer games.” The law, hastily enacted in the Greek Parliament, had intended to stop illegal gambling in Greece. But the government has realized that he law needs clarification, and is now “issuing guidelines that make it clear that only games related to gambling are covered by the legislation.”|
The problem with the hasty legislation is that it banned any game playable in public on a computer or mobile phone.
All police stations in Greece will get the new guidelines. However, there are about 50 victims of the old law, and Internet cafes have faced financial ruin.
“…Although any move to clarify the law is welcome, the ban must be overturned legally to make a real difference,” said Yianis Drossos, Professor of Law at Athens University. “Either the Supreme Court in Greece would have to overturn it or the European Union would have to act…” according to the BBC.