Posted February 26, 2015
Probably unnecessary, since Poland is part of the EU, The german government, or even a german private party could very probably sucessfully sue them in Poland.
Garret02: Wait, there's something I don't understand. Exactly what kind of law would GoG be breaking by not selling these games in Germany/Australia? Online shops are only legally bounded by the laws of a country they servers are in, no? So unless the servers are in Germany or Australia, they can do all of jack shit to enforce GoG to region lock these games.
EBToriginal: Basically, your understanding of the relevant law is about completely wrong. They could be sued by both the government and competitors. And the government could compel the banks to not allow transactions or even order them to claw back fines and penalties. Not to mention the risk of extradition in a particularly egregious case.
What I think most of all can agree on, is that the region locking is a necessary if unfortunate act on GOG's part to legally cover their asses, if they start catering explicitly to german consumers.
So the question should be if the potential market share they might gain from this is really worth the loss of freedom.