On June 15, the global auction site eBay will implement a new “Adult Articles Policy”and it becomes much harder for adult content than just banning the sale of pornography.
The new guidelines of the site take a huge step towards banning (or significantly restricting) the sale of any type of sexual content, from art to fake dildos, but you, a reader of a site related mainly to video games, may be more interested in these rules:
The following items are not allowed:
– Adult items with content that is illegal
– An item that does not match ours Illegal explicit content policy
– Sexually oriented materials, including objects containing nudity and sexual activity, are not allowed. This includes the following: Adult movies and video games rated X, XXX, R18 or not rated for adult-only audiences
– Explicit sexual anime, comics, books, movies, animation, manga, hentai, yaoi
eBay also removes the category “adult only”, which means “items in [adult only video games category] are no longer allowed on eBay. The site’s explanation for the repression he says “We want to make adult items available to those who want to buy them, and we can do so legally, while preventing easy access to those who do not want to view or buy these items.”
It’s incredibly crappy for artists and creators in this space, but there are also aspects of it that are disturbing for games without an obvious “adult” or sexual theme. Australia, for example, rates many of the R18 ‘s major video games Grand Theft Auto V to Disco Elysium (I contacted eBay to find out how the new guidelines affect this will be updated if I hear back).