This week, three Osaka video game bars announced that they were closing. The reason, it seems, was copyright violation.
The bars allowed customers to play games for free, while charging them for drinks. The Association of Copyright for Computer Software (ACCS) pointed out that not getting permission from the creators violated copyright. In 2011, ACCS called on game bars across Japan to adhere to copyright law.
An ACCS spokesperson told IT Media that it had warned these the management of these three game bars. The management ultimately decided to shutter the three bars when their leases end this summer.
It’s unclear how this will impact other game bars across Japan.
Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.