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Belgium Outlaws Game Rentals

Kotaku reports that game rentals have been outlawed in Belgium, where the Belgian Entertainment Association has gotten legislation passed to help protect the bottom line of its member organizations. According to a story translated from De Standaard Online, shops were not allowed to acquire new games to rent out beginning this past June, and will no longer be allowed to rent out their old games after December 1. This is probably being watched with great interest elsewhere, as many interviews with developers and publishers discuss the impact of rentals on game sales, though used game sales seem to be an even greater target of ire.