German Law May Force Crytek Departure

By Chris Faylor, Aug 22, 2007 12:22pm PDT The studio behind Far Cry, Crysis and the CryENGINE 2 middleware will move operations out of Germany should the country move forward with its ban on the production and distribution of violent video games, Crytek founder Avni Yerli claimed in an interview with German publication Welt ONLINE.

"Budapest is a lovely city," noted Yerli in the heise online translation. "We already have a branch office there." In addition to opening the Budapest, Hungary branch, the company upgraded its Kiev, Ukraine office to a full-blown development studio earlier this year.

Yerli also revealed that several other countries have expressed interest in hosting the studio and its revenue stream, specifically name-dropping England, Scotland, Austria, and Singapore.

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  • Their threat is a bit two-faced. They seem to be heavy outsources (Kiev, Budapest...) already before all the idiotic "killergame" witchhunt here.
    I think most of the "work" on their titles is already done outside of Germany. Their headquater is here though.

    On the other hand, the German government and states are of course even more two-faced. Bavaria for instance has some of the strongest supporters (Politicians) for fps game bans. After they found out how much taxes and other money this industry yields, Bavaria changed their mind and announced a support programs (taxes or whatever) for the gaming industry.