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Australian customs on the lookout for Mortal Kombat imports

15 March 2011

More bad news for Australian Mortal Kombat fans has emerged today, as local authorities proceed to tighten the grip on would-be importers of the NetherRealm-developed brawler.

According to customs, any attempt to import Mortal Kombat is considered illegal as it would be in direct breach of the Australian Customs Regulations 1956. Games that have been refused classification are illegal to sell or promote in the country, which means that Mortal Kombat is pretty much a no-no for Australian gamers.

Chatting with GameSpot AU earlier today, a spokesperson for Australian customs said, "As Mortal Kombat has been refused classification in Australia it is considered objectionable material. It is therefore a prohibited good, and illegal to import into Australia,"

"Any copies of the games detected at the border, including via international mail, will be seized."

The spokesperson noted that anyone caught trying to import refused classification games into Australia could be fined up to three times the value of the product in question, or $110,000 Australian dollars.

As of yet there has been no word from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Australia regarding these latest developments, although it is likely the company is just as frustrated as fellow MK fans.

WBIE Australia recently submitted an appeal to the Australian Classification Board which ultimately proved unsuccessful, with the ACB standing firmly behind their original decision to refuse classification for Mortal Kombat.

If you would like to see what else is considered a prohibited import in Australia, then click here.


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