MANILA, Philippines – Local software distributor X-Play Online Games Inc. aired its side on Tuesday regarding last night’s raid of several DataBlitz outlets in Metro Manila.
The Philippine National Police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) seized over P2.6 million worth of software products on Monday from DataBlitz, which is considered one of the country’s major gaming stores.
In a press statement, X-Play said DataBlitz acquired and distributed the “NBA 2K13” video game “through unauthorized means.”
X-Play is the exclusive distributor of NBA gaming titles in the country.
According to X-Play, DataBlitz was made aware of the company’s marketing and distribution plans for the game, providing details of meetings between the two parties.
“This is not a knee-jerk reaction from X-Play. In fact, meetings were held with DataBlitz president Winston Lim and his team to become X-Play’s primary partner for NBA 2K13,” the company said.
“DataBlitz key executives Sandra Lu and Orpha Oambas even participated in X-Play’s distributor conferences and got all the marketing and distribution plans of the company.
“DataBlitz’s decision to acquire and distribute NBA 2K13 through unauthorized means despite these efforts left X-Play no other option but to report this to the proper authorities, in which CIDG and the Regional Trial Court took immediate action on.
“The action of DataBlitz was not only detrimental to X-Play but also affected other smaller retailers, game stores and entrepreneurs. We hope nothing more but to resolve this predicament but will hold firm in protecting the industry from smugglers and illegal operators.”
Hours after the CIDG raid was reported, several Filipinos turned to blogs and social media to vent their ire on X-Play, saying that DataBlitz is one of the few remaining shops in the country selling legitimate copies of gaming software.
“Boycotting Xplay. That is what this is all about anyway. Hit where it hurts,” Internet user Eloisa commented on a blog post on back2gaming.com.
“This is all DAFUQ as it can get – sore losers na ginagamit ang palpak na sistema ng gobyerno to get rid of competition,” added Internet user darice.
“Who is X-Play, and why are they so stupid?” said Twitter user Edgar Ilaga.
“Only hearing about the DataBlitz vs. X-Play PH fiasco now. Honestly, whatever the hell X-Play PH is, it’s not doing itself a favor here,” said Twitter user JR Nario.
DataBlitz, meanwhile, has yet to release a statement about the issue.