Amazon’s Chinese subsidiary Amazon.cn, formerly Joyo.com, is blatantly selling pirated games on its site in true Chinese style.
For $6 or so Amazon is selling a pack of DVDs containing dozens of PSP ISOs:
They helpfully warn that users will need to transfer the ISOs off the DVD and onto a PSP in order to play.
They also helpfully offer to bundle a variety of other discs packed with games of dubious legitimacy:
The volume of dodgy goods stocked leaves little doubt that this is no mere oversight of the kind which famously saw them selling rape simulators to the British.
Amazon’s determination to be Asia’s biggest seller of bootleg warez doesn’t end there – they also offer plenty of the Chinese knock-off hardware so beloved of the gaming press (although anyone looking for legitimate consoles will be hard pressed to find any on their site, strangely enough):
Wholesale piracy in China is nothing new, but for a major publicly traded US company to be so brazenly selling pirated games in China does seem beyond the pale.
Indeed, rather than busting small-time hawkers of bootleg discs in their own countries, it seems police in developed nations might do well to pay a visit to Amazon’s boardrooms, to say nothing of the affront to game publishers, busily fighting to stamp out piracy in the west only to have a major retailer blithely hawk ISOs of their games for pennies in China.