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Posted Monday, August 2, 2004

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£2.5 million worth of fake games seized in the last 6 months

ELSPA (Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association) delivers the clear message that piracy in the computer and video games sector will not be tolerated, as its anti-piracy unit today announced figures that demonstrate its success in attempting to eradicate counterfeiting during the first half of 2004.

ELSPA's crackdown resulted in nearly 200 raids across the UK, the seizure of an estimated £2,500,000 worth of counterfeit merchandise and the conviction of 36 pirates since January, revealing a successful past six months.

Roger Bennett, director general of ELPSA said: "These excellent results are the fruits of continued hard work from ELSPA's anti-piracy investigators, outstanding cooperation and communication with local authorities and fellow anti-piracy groups and increasingly severe penalties for those caught. ELSPA would like to thank all those who join us in the struggle against counterfeiting."

About ELSPA -

ELSPA (The Entertainment & Leisure Software Publishers Association) was founded in 1989 to establish a specific and collective identity for the computer and video games industry. Membership includes almost all companies concerned with the publishing and distribution of interactive leisure software in the UK.

The UK Interactive Leisure Software Industry - Facts & Figures from ELSPA/Screen Digest/Chart-Track:


  • The UK is a world centre for games development.


  • In 2003, UK sales of video games, other leisure software products and games consoles topped £2 billion, for the second year running.


  • Over 20,000 people are employed in the UK leisure software sector.


  • British developed games generated more than £1.1 billion in retail sales outside the UK in year 2000. 33% of all PS2 games bought in Europe originate in the UK (the same proportion as US originated products and ahead of Japan and any other country).