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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

PRESS RELEASE: X-Play Official Statement.

11.06.2012 – Reports on the raid of Datablitz outlets in the Philippines prompted widespread reports that the gaming store was selling “pirated” games. But for as long as anyone knows that Datablitz is the only store who sells original games in the country.

Recently X-Play Online Games Inc. has started distributing games for Blizzard with Diablo III and 2K Sports that recently launched the NBA2K13. Regular customers had spoken about the immediate concern of their beloved gaming store after the incident which has of their branches raided.

There was no word from Datablitz for the incident that has fallen to their company but reports from Back2Gaming and GMA Network News spread like wildfire on a Monday night.

The simultaneous raids led by CIDG were held in various branches of game and software distributor Datablitz as they were publicly selling NBA 2K13 products without any prior authority and consent from NBA2K13 exclusive distributor in the Philippines, X-Play Online Games, Inc.

This would shed some light on the premise of X-Play as to why it has come to this extent. Please know that X-Play had no other intention but to protect their business, and to exercise their responsibility to their partners and the community they are in.

X-Play has posted an Official Statement at their official website:

It is unfortunate that businesses had to be disrupted by the incident that transpired yesterday. While we sympathize with other individuals dragged on by this issue, we stand by our ground to be vigilant in dealing with illegal activities to protect our rights, our partners and our local gaming community.

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 game. 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, leaves X-Play no other option but to report this to the proper authorities, in which CIDG and the Regional Trail 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.

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