It’s been over a week since the official India release of the latest The Sims 2 expansion pack, Open for Business (OFB). However, the game is nowhere to be seen in the market.
The reason, if my contact is to be believed, OFB and a couple of other games are stuck at Customs at Mumbai airport. While other newer games are coming through, the Customs people allegedly want a bribe to release OFB and its companioins.
With the union budget coming into effect from 1 April, new taxes will be applicable on packaged software. So the distributor is getting screwed at the moment: either pay up (a bribe) now to have your stuff released before that; or be forced to pay the legal (higher) taxes and have to put a bigger price tag on the game.
As for the gamer, who cares?
Now that explains why we call ourselves an IT super power.