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Black Ops imports to be banned in Germany

Uncensored versions performing well, but set to be pulled from shelves

Imported copies of Call of Duty: Black Ops are expected to be banned in Germany later this week.


According to a report by the German website Schnittberichte (via, the Federal Department of Media Harmful to Young Persons received an urgent action to ban all international versions of the game last week.

Indie retailers are apparently enjoying strong sales of imported copies of the shooter, while the uncut European version is proving more popular on Amazon Germany than the domestic edition.

The heavily-censored German version of the game - which removes rag-doll effects, blood spatter, a torture scene and Swastika imagery - will remain on sale.

Microsoft has warned Call Of Duty: Black Ops players that they risk being banned from Xbox Live if they adopt the Swastika as their logo during online matches.