The lawyer from Novosibirsk Anton Tikhonov demanded to ban DotA and Dota 2 for minors. About it reports the edition “NGS.News”, according to which a corresponding letter he sent to the developers.
Tikhonov has noticed that at check in the game it does not prompt for user’s age that, in his opinion, violates the Russian legislation. In particular, the law “On protection of children from information harmful to their health and development”.
“The game develops a positive image of alcohol. Some characters drink it and become stronger. There are characters engaged in cannibalism. They eat the corpses. It is possible to buy characters, there are hints of sex all female characters are dressed very openly. There is profanity, one character, Queen of pain, if I’m not mistaken, promotes sadism-masochism” — described the situation Anton Tikhonov.
According to the lawyer of the public organization “Potreritos”, he studied the biography of the characters while his friend played DotA for the experiment.
“About a month and a half ago, I wrote a letter to America, Valve Corporation, if they intend to distribute the game in Russia, please provide the information product in accordance with the requirements of the Russian legislation. Naturally, they ignored our appeal. Now we sent all the materials for examination to the psychiatrist and on the results of his examination are going to sue to stop the game,” — said Tikhonov.
Multiplayer online games don’t get ESRB rating for a number of reasons, including the fact that the developer cannot be held responsible for the actions of the gamers and their generated content. This loophole is used by the publishers and the creators of the games.