Anders Behring Breivik, who committed the attacks in Oslo and the island of Utoeya and killed 77, had posted a long-winded 1500-page manifesto online prior to the incident saying that he played World of Warcraft (WoW) and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.
Now, the director of Coop Norway Retail, Geir Inge Stokke, has announced that the company has decided to stop retailing more than 50 gaming brands previously available to customers, after the massacre in Oslo and on Utoeya, which include both the games which the perpetrator Anders Behring Breivik claims to have actively played.
“The decision to remove the games was made around the time we realized the scope of the attack,” Stokke told Norweign newspaper Rogalands Avis. “Others are better suited than us, to point to the negative effects of games like these. At the moment it’s [appropriate] for us to take them down. I wouldn’t be surprised if others do the same.”
Breivik has also mentioned in his manifesto about the times he played WoW and even described Modern Warfare as a mode of training before he executed his ‘plan.’
“We have to think very carefully about when to bring these goods back. The economy involved is of no importance.” Stokke added.
Among the games removed are Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Modern Warfare 2, World at War, World of Warcraft, Sniper Ghost Warrior, Black Ops, Counter-Strike Source and Homefront, according to a Rogalands Avis report.
As a retailer Coop Norway operated around 1,000 stores and had a yearly income of approximately SEK 90 billion. The operation and ownership of the retail chains have now been returned to the national co-operatives.