Containment: SELL asks that specialty stores remain open

On Wednesday evening, culture minister Roselyne Bachelot intervened during the Pegasus ceremony to present Eric Chahi with the honorary award. When asked about the place of video games in France, the minister then stated that the latter “had his place in the ministry” and “participated in the country’s economy”. On Thursday evening, when Prime Minister Jean Castex announces the new containment measures, specialty stores and shelves for video games will be excluded from stores that can stay open, as opposed to stores that sell music or books. Therefore, for the next four weeks, all stores dedicated to the sale of video games in the relevant departments must remain closed. A situation the Syndicate of Leisure Software Publishers doesn’t understand, for which video games are on par with music or books. On his Twitter account, SELL calls Jean Castex, Roselyne Bachelot, Cédric O or even Samuel Etienne: after Jean Castex’s announcements last night, video games seem completely forgotten, while it is the first digital and cultural leisure time of the French, number 1 Among young people: 87% of 19 to 24 year olds, 82% of 25 to 34 year olds play! It would be incomprehensible to close specialty stores and departments even with the CD shelves open. Many consoles are pre-ordered and expected, and the games are also being sold at these nearby points. Do you like youth Then understand what his hobbies are, his cultural habits. The joint venture is the leisure of a whole generation, the means to escape, to share, to breathe. We need video games, the first cultural asset! # JVEssentiel. At the moment, the government has not responded to the request, so stores have not been able to open their doors this morning. However, as the situation changes by the hour, things could be resolved quickly. We will update this article as necessary. By MalloDelic, journalist jeuxvideo.com MP