Activision are not really known for region locking their games, but their community manager has revealed why other companies do it.
He posted a video on YouTube, telling people why most companies do region locking and the benefits of doing that for the specific region. So what is region locking? If a software is region locked, you will need the same region hardware to use the software.
For example, Germany does not like violence, so they require the software such as games to tone down the violence. These rules are only applicable to that country. Sometimes the software developer would not want people importing because it is priced cheaper in another region, so they could lock it.
It definitely isn’t for encouraging piracy, Dan Amrich, Activision community manager told in the video.
“Short version: no, it’s not enforcing piracy. I don’t think you’re going to ever find any major publisher trying to encourage people to rip them off,” he said.
“You can’t infringe on that Japanese company’s rights or that American company’s rights by releasing the game in the opposite territory if you don’t have the legal right to do it. Region locking sort of helps police who has the rights to make what money in what territory.”
You can check out the video below.