On June 15, the global auction site eBay will implement a new “adult articles policy”, and it goes a lot harder on mature content than just banning the sale of pornography.
The site’s new guidelines take a big step forward in banning (or significantly restricting) the sale of all kinds of sexual content, from art to dildos, but you, a reader of a site primarily related to video games, might be more interested in these. rules:
The following are not allowed:
– Adult articles with illegal content
– Item not in accordance with our Explicit Illegal Content Policy
– Material of a sexual nature, including articles containing nudity and exhibits of sexual activity, are not permitted. This includes the following: Adult movies and video games rated X, XXX, R18 or not rated for adult audiences only
– Sexually explicit anime, comics, books, movies, animation, manga, hentai, yaoi
eBay is also removing the “Adults Only” category, which stands for “household items. [adult only video games category] are no longer allowed on eBay ”. The explanation of the site for the repression this “We want to make adult items available to those who want to buy them and can do so legally, while preventing those who do not want to view or purchase these items from easily accessing them. “
It’s incredibly crappy for the artists and creators in this space, but there are also aspects of it that are alarming for games without an overt “adult” or sexual subject matter. Australia, for example, rates many major R18 video games, from Grand Theft Auto V at Disco Elysium (I contacted eBay to clarify how the new guidelines affect this and will update if I hear back).