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Killer video games to be banned for youth

Parliament has voted in favour of a nationwide ban on violent computer games for children and teenagers.

Both chambers of parliament have agreed to demand that cabinet draws up a draft law, despite opposition by Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf.

Widmer-Schlumpf pointed out that it was impossible to apply a ban on a nationwide level at this stage, as it required a regulator and a constitutional amendment.

Instead she recommended closer cooperation between the country’s 26 cantonal authorities.

Experts, including the Cyber Crime Coordination Unit, warned that it is impossible to control the use of such games since they are mostly played online.

But opponents of killer games hope the proposed ban will have a preventive impact.

Urs Geiser, with agencies

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