Major German department store Galeria Kaufhof, part of the Metro Group, has decided to stop selling mature-rated video games and films, following a high profile gun attack in the country.
Starting in April, the store will no longer stock any video games or DVDs with an 18+ age rating. The move comes after a 17 year old former student killed 15 people at a high school in southern Germany, with media and politicians later emphasizing his interest in video games such as Valve’s Counter-Strike
Although Germany already has one of the strictest ratings systems in the world, with many mature-rated games being heavily censored or banned outright, the incident has seen renewed calls from within Germany to ban violent games altogether.
"I think [Kaufhof's decision] is a complete overreaction ... it borders on impulsive hysteria," said Stephan Reichart
, managing director at German video game developers association G.A.M.E. to Reuters.
"It would be sufficient if retailers made sure their cashiers don't sell this material to young people," he added.