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Aussies pay even more than us for code

It’s not wizard in Oz for budget-conscious gamers

We may grumble over the price of software, but according to a report by the Australian Competition and Consumer Association prices in Australia are around 12 percent higher.

The ACCC found that Australians were not only paying more for business software, but also paying nearly 20 percent more for the 10 most popular games titles.

"UK consumers do get a better deal than their Australian counterparts," said a spokesperson at software manufacturer Sierra. "It is an unfortunate situation for gamers [there]."

The report follows the Australian government's Bill to amend its Copyright Act, which banned the import of legitimately produced books, software and sound products.

"The importation provisions of the Copyright Act restrict competition to the detriment of consumers by granting an import monopoly to copyright holders," said the report.

The ACCC recommends the act is repealed to open up the market.

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