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Game on (again) for Greece

Players can breathe easy as govt backs down over gaming law

Following the humiliating acquittal of three internet cafe owners, accused of breaking its heavy-handed law banning all electronic gaming the Greek government has backtracked, saying the law should not affect the majority of computer games.

Many Greek games enthusiasts and manufacturers were confused by the complex law, which appeared to ban gaming in all public and even private establishments, which was passed as part of the government's attempt to ban gambling.

Many arcades and internet cafes throughout the country have closed, with owners fearing the would face hefty fines or imprisonment.

But a statement released yesterday by the Greek Finance Ministry said there "is no problem" with the games being played, so long as they are not used for electronic gambling.

Greece's Internet Cafe Owners Union said it was still concerned about the clarity of the law and hoped that "it would be policed properly", but spokesman Giorgos Karanassios admitted in a statement that this was a definite "step in the right direction".


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