DataBlitz fights back, calls raid 'harassment'

Posted at 11/07/2012 4:07 PM | Updated as of 11/07/2012 5:12 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- DataBlitz finally broke its silence on Wednesday following the recent raid of its outlets on accusations of selling "unauthorized stocks" of the "NBA 2K13" video game in the country.

In a statement posted on its Facebook page, DataBlitz, considered one of the country's major gaming stores, hit local software distributor X-Play Online Games Inc. for "initiating a disgraceful harassment action."

DataBlitz also stressed that no formal partnership was formed between the company and X-Play despite the meetings held between the two parties.

On Tuesday, X-Play released a statement saying that DataBlitz was made aware of the company's marketing and distribution plans for "NBA 2K13."

But DataBlitz said: "All the meetings that took place between X-Play and DataBlitz were initiated at the request of X-Play. DataBlitz has never asked to meet with X-Play, and were only asked to participate in meetings and/or to join X-Play's so-called 'marketing programs' (which are really nothing more than just glamorized parlor game events). DataBlitz participated in the meetings and 'marketing programs' out of courtesy to X-Play and no such thing as 'primary partnership' whatsoever was ever discussed, offered, nor penned on paper, whatsoever.

"Apart from just saying that they will be distributing NBA 2K13, X-Play has never indicated in any form of writing or communications whatsoever to DataBlitz that they are the exclusive distributor of the game."

DataBlitz said that despite these, the gaming store chain "still went ahead and purchased a considerable quantity of NBA 2K13 stocks from X-Play as a gesture of goodwill towards X-Play, even knowing that they are still very new to the industry of console games, without any proven track record whatsoever to speak of along this front."

Justifying its move to sell copies of the "NBA 2K13" game sourced from companies other than X-Play, DataBlitz said: "It is the understanding of DataBlitz that X-Play is just another reseller of the game, and as we still live in a free country the last time we checked, DataBlitz reserves its right to buy stocks of the game from other sources, apart from X-Play, so long as these are legitimate, genuine, brand new, original games, that are and always have been the hallmark of our product offerings to our customers."

Citing its more than 17 years in the gaming industry, DataBlitz said it has "always maintained a pristine reputation as the one reliable source for original and genuine games at reasonable prices," contrary to X-Play's allegations.

"From the very beginning when piracy dominated the market 17 years ago and up to this day that we have been able steadily educate our consumers (without harassing anyone) about buying and patronizing original games and software, we have remained steadfast in our core belief of looking after the welfare of the gaming public first and foremost.

"If there suddenly are now parties out there who see the vibrancy of the gaming industry as a way to profit immensely by using sham claims of being the only party that possesses 'authorized' stocks (whatever that means) in order to show overpriced games down the throats of the gaming public, this kind of modus is just against the core principles of DataBlitz and something we just cannot and will not go along with.

"At the end of the day, we have the welfare of our customers at heart, not the twisted desires of these opportunists. Even if it means this will be a lonely battle, as Monday's events have shown that we were very obviously the only one unjustly and unreasonably singled out, we shall always remain as the one beacon of light and hope for gamers everywhere and carry on the good fight to stop such forms of profiteering through harassment."

As of writing, more than 1,000 Facebook users have "liked" the statement of DataBlitz, with most of them expressing their support for the gaming store chain.

"Support DataBlitz! Buy a new game today! Empty the shelves, ubusin niyo ang mga stocks nila! Saktong sakto malapit sa sweldo!" said user Tim Huang.

"You guys always come through for me no matter where I buy: MOA, Greenhills or even Trinoma. We got your back," added user Ritzmond David.

On Monday, the Philippine National Police's Criminal Investigation and Detection Group seized over P2.6 million worth of software products from DataBlitz.

This after X-Play reported to authorities that DataBlitz acquired and distributed the "NBA 2K13" video game through "unauthorized means."