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CIDG raids Datablitz over unauthorized selling of NBA 2K13

On November 5, 2012, simultaneous raids led by PNP’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) were held in various branches of game  and software distributor Datablitz, Inc., as they were publicly selling NBA 2K13 products without any prior authority and consent from NBA2K13 exclusive distributor in the Philippines, X-Play Online Games, Inc.


To protect their business, X-Play reported Datablitz to authorities for selling copies of NBA 2K13 sourced from other means (not from X-Play) that led to the raid.

Below is the official statement of X-Play Online Games, Inc:

It is unfortunate that businesses had to be disrupted by the incident that transpired yesterday. While we sympathize with other individuals dragged on by this issue, we stand by our ground to be vigilant in dealing with illegal activities to protect our rights, our partners and our local gaming community.

This is not a knee-jerk reaction from X-Play. In fact, meetings were held with Datablitz President, Winston Lim and his team to become X-Play’s primary partner for NBA 2K13. Datablitz key executives Sandra Lu and Orpha Oambas even participated in X-Play’s distributor conferences and got all the marketing and distribution plans of the company.

Datablitz’s decision to acquire and distribute NBA 2K13 through unauthorized means despite these efforts left X-Play no other option but to report this to the proper authorities, in which CIDG and the Regional Trail Court took immediate action on.

The action of Datablitz was not only detrimental to X-Play but also affected other smaller retailers, game stores and entrepreneurs. We hope nothing more but to resolve this predicament but will hold firm in protecting the industry from smugglers and illegal operators.

Datablitz also released an official statement in response to this.

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  • Shintar0

    hay nakuu… what else is new.. to think that datablitz is or was.. doing legit business.. e hindi rin pala.. baka meron pang ibang titles ng games on any game platform na di rin sila authorize pang itinda.. but atleast they’re not selling any fake or ripped game cds. pero mali pa rin ehehe..

    • GamerForLife

      Completely, this is a business “thingy”. Must consider fair and legit practice.

      2 views here, as a gamer and as a business person.

    • Gerry

      sa business, dapat lagi fair… If both parties’s claimed that they are in the legit business, they must present evidences that can support their stand… Kung nasa court na ang issue, then present it to the court. Hindi naman uusbong ang issue na ito kung walang may mali…

  • Kamote

    haha. swerte ng mga pulis! libre NBA 2k13 para sa mga anak nila and friends! lol.

  • Jamez

    Lintik na mga pulis to, eh kung unahin nila mga pirata!

    • Larz


      well, for all I know, the police cannot arrest people without warrant, di naman piracy ang target ni xplay dito, as written, legality ng pag-sell ni DB ang discussion. As per xplay, sila daw ung authorized distributor according to their statement. So if for piracy, I think iba na may concern dito. I’m just sad na DB who has been in the market so long, eh mai-involve pa sa mga ganitong usapin. Well, if DB is innocent, they should be able to prove that. I trust them, ok naman ung mga games na nabili ko sa knila, although dko masabi ung legality concerns na hinihingi ni xplay, kasi these are court matters. let’s hope for the best on this.

  • virusburgz

    sus… yung legit business at nagbebenta ng original copy pa ang na raid.. dapat yung nagbebenta ng pirated na lang ang pinagaksayahan nyo ng oras.. so crab mentality!

    • Larz


      sorry to butt in, pero hindi naman eto about sa legitimacy ng business or kung authentic at hindi pirated ung merchandise nila. We gamers, including you (if you are a gamer too) knows well na hindi pirated and binebenta ni DB, their just cheaper compared sa iba, because maybe, they already know how the business works, proving their years in the market. But if you will try to read some blogs online, may nabasa ako dun na claims of being the exclusive distributor ang claim ni xplay. Although hindi pa natin alam kung anu ung totoo, I think, much better if we just wait kung ano ung masasabi ng court regarding this. Our government is trying their best to protect legal sellers like DB, pero based sa mga nabasa ko, hindi naman piracy ung issue.

  • Gamer_Dad

    Question lng. Bakit kelangan lahat ng NBA2k13 si X-play ang distributor? So in one way, monopolized nya ba ang distribution ng NBA2k13 and/or other games? Napakababaw naman para iparaid kung maaaring magpatawag ng meeting to recall the items. Kelangan mapublicize yan? I buy at datablitz kasi orig at mura ang games. Ok ang service at mabait ang staff. May personal na atake lng ata na kasama dito.

    • GamerForLife

      Based sa mga official statements ng both parties, XPLAY may hawak ng exclusive rights.

      Regarding sa raid part, call na ng CIDG yun bro.

      • Win

        lol i don’t think take 2 interactive labelled them as the sole seller of 2k12. and not according sa statement ng parties. DB actually bought copies FROM x-play for reselling and to actually help x-play since, you know, baguhan sila (and overpriced magbenta)

  • Casper

    “…which CIDG and the Regional Trail Court took immediate action on.” great job guys for you immediate action. Eto talaga dapat mga inuuna natin sa ating mga priority list. BRAVO!!!

  • Toni

    An update to this article: Datablitz has posted on Facebook explaining their terms with XPlay. It would be good if you can follow up with this.

  • MixMe

    sa greenhills nalang ako bibili ng pirata…hehehe… hinuhuli na rin pala ang original copies! tsk tsk tsk

    • GamerForLife

      Bro, issue here isn’t piracy. Sa tingin ko it’s about distributorship, yung rights ika nga. 😛

      • yeah distributorship lang issue jan…. meaning crab mentality issue which is not new in our country… nakakalungkot lang.. legit ang CD n binibenta ni datablitz.. its not clear sa kanila na exclusive si XPlay.. so its means may EXCOM dito… anyway… ang pinagtataka ko lng diba they held several meetings? they dont agree on partnership?

        • yan ang stand ni x-play, marami silang meetings. ang stand naman ni datablitz, wala silang natanggap sa kasulatan na exclusive si xplay sa nba 2k13.

          • Larz

            well i think, pare-pareho naman tayong wala dun sa meetings nila, na clinaclaim ni xplay, I think, mas maganda if they show their proofs, I mean documents proving their partnership “daw”. diba?

    • Ivan

      Bwahaha. Nice one.

  • Gerry

    Noong nabasa ko yung news kala ko piracy, about distributorship pala… If that was the issue, both parties should be transparent to the public… Show necessary evidences to prove that you are in the legit business….

  • LazyBoy

    Para skin hindi issue ung Pirated Games, ang issue cgro Authorized b c Datablitz magbenta ng Titles games na Hindi kumukuha sa Exclusive Distributor dito sa Pinas!!?

    • Win

      x-play isn’t the exclusive distributor unless take-two says so.

  • HindiGamer

    Sa mga News sana Tama ung Ilagay na Article.kung ano talaga kung kinaso or reklamo ng complainant..just be specific, hindi basta meron maisulat..

  • 1KzeroY

    kung exclusive distributor talaga ang xplay they have the right to do that. nung release ng diablo 3 sa datablitz meron silang dalawang version from 2 different suppliers one from e-games the other is from “global” unknown source. they sell the global 400 pesos cheaper than the e-games. dont get me wrong i am also a loyal customer of datablitz, magulo ksi ang business dito. ang mga may exclusive distributorship they have high prices sila lang ang kumikita. meron dn nmn mga nagiimport or sometimes smuggled because from our neighboring asian countries na kaya magprovide ng cheaper price and sigurado walang bibili dun sa overprice na exclusive distributor. hindi ka talaga makakaprice drop kung dadaan pa yan sa customs. i had an experience i order ps3 game online, it cost about 2100 pesos converted price fedex billed me for 1,666 pesos duties from customs. i spend almost twice the price of one game. i say its just survival game. exclusive distributor steals from avid fans, other companies steals from exclusive distributors, government bills outrageous taxes! WELCOME TO THE PHILIPPINES!