Cevat Yerli of Crytek has said if German politics moves ahead with the outlawing of violent videogames then the studio "will be forced to relocate" elsewhere.
It'll "deprive German talent" of its place on the world stage for games, an entertainment form "considered safe and fun" around the globe. An online petition has delayed the controversial bill.
"A ban on action games in Germany is concerning us because it is essentially like banning the German artists that create them," Crytek co-founder Yerli told .
"If the German creative community can’t effectively participate in one of the most important cultural mediums of our future, we will be forced to relocate to other countries."
"The current political discussion will deprive German talent of its place on the global game development stage, and deprive German consumers of entertainment that is considered safe and fun around the world."
Should a petition reach 50,000 names within six weeks once submitted to the Bundestag, the German parliament must discuss the matter. Critics accuse the politicians of trying to use the videogames industry as an escape goat for the recent spate of tragic shootings.
A school shooting in March was found with 'links' to online shooter Counter-Strike, and so the industry has received nothing but scorn from Germany's political groups.
Crytek: Germany's action game ban would "essentially" ban artists
05 August 2009 | By Simon Priest