• Petitioned The Liquor Control and Licensing Branch of British Columbia

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The Liquor Control and Licensing Branch of British Columbia

Fight for Video Games in Licensed Establishments, Change Liquor Licensing in BC

    1. Brian Vidovic
    2. Petition by

      Brian Vidovic

      Vancouver, Canada

The LCLB has banned video games at our one-of-a-kind venue in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. EXP Restaurant + Bar (http://www.expbar.ca) has been trying to provide a gamer-centric city with a new venue to enjoy their hobby, craft, and passion for video games, but the liquor board has put a stop to that with an archaic law on entertainment. With the vague wording of 'the use of gaming consoles outlined in red on the official floor plans is prohibited', (the red line is our entire venue) we aren't sure if smart phones, gaming tablets, laptops, or computers are affected and thus we might have to ban all electronic devices from our establishment for fear of being shut down. It is ridiculous, unfair, and near-sighted of them to apply this to our license.

The general manager has the ability to change this without a change in any legislation. We want to get the provision that bans gaming in our establishment lifted from our license.

That's only step one.

With your support online, the local community liaisons, MLAs, game and tech companies, restaurateurs, liquor license holders, and other public figures, we hope to change the entire licensing process from 2 licenses (food primary and liquor primary) to a more robust, efficient, and fair system that holds public safety at the highest echelon of importance, rather than the totalitarian control on entertainment based on an out-dated policy.

We want Vancouver to stop being seen as the 'no-fun city' that it has become in large part because of the liquor regulations. They've made it a near-prohibition province, where only the richest companies can purchase other liquor primaries since new ones are impossible to obtain under regular means. There are no 'pubs' in Vancouver. There are only family restaurants with a light alcohol offering and night clubs. If you are from Vancouver, you may be shocked to ask your server the next time you are out what type of license they hold and how they operate. Vancouver City Hall and the LCLB need to work together to create new licenses that allow small business to grow and license holders to be open with how they operate their business. Let's work together instead of against each other to combat the real issues: over-service and under-age drinking.

Please support us in our fight to change the liquor licensing process in BC.

We won't ever give up on this idea; no one will crush our dreams.

We will post relevant links below as they come up and update as often as possible. Thank you so much for your support! Please share this campaign once you've signed it! :)

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 6,000 signatures
    2. Signatures and Press

      Brian Vidovic
      Petition Organizer

      Wow! 2000 in just one day is truly amazing - Thanks everyone!! Let's not let it die down and keep sharing it far and wide!

      We already got some press coverage and are hoping for more!

      CTV article and video: http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20120609/bc_video_game_bar_120609/20120609/?hub=BritishColumbia
      CKNW article: http://www.cknw.com/Channels/Reg/NewsLocal/Story.aspx?ID=1718213
      Shogun Gamer article: http://shogungamer.com/news/14079/lclb-bans-video-games-exp-bar

      Thanks again to all who signed and shared! You are all just so awesome!


      - Brian

    3. Reached 2,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Brendan Jaffary VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • 9 months ago

      You let people dance with open alcohol in clubs but you don't let a bunch of introverts sit around a table and play video games with a beer or two?

    • Willis Chang VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • 10 months ago

      i love video games

    • Jared Barber VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • 10 months ago

      The idea of having a restaurant that caters to the gamer community is not only a terrific idea socially, but the inclusion of such an establishment brings a level of commerce and attention to the Vancouver downtown which has previously remained untapped.

      This unique commercial idea should be given its due attention and with this particular locations strong focus on video-game playing (capitalizing on Vancouver’s long-standing and burgeoning game creation industry) I feel it would be in the liquor boards best interest to allow video-game playing on-site within these establishments.

      If the lure of filling a financial and economic niche in a city renowned for game creation, innovation as well as game playing were not enough; by opening up EXP Bar to enable video-game playing to take place, this idea is sure to grow quickly in popularity given the reception its received thus far despite the liquor boards current clause being in place.

      Lifting this clause would take EXP Bar out of the cities niche community and become an economic boom for an economy struggling to maintain its status as a world center for video game creation.

      The exclusivity of a play-enabled EXP Bar would draw attention world-wide and that would surely mark the beginning of an economic boom to a plateauing restaurant industry, unable to make the next great leap forward in providing something the public has never been provided before.

      This boom would undoubtedly lead to EXP’s growth, as well as further establishments opening and offering something truly unique to a generation of patrons who have grown up in the video-game culture, providing a unique source of not only social activity but layering in social inter-activity.

      With the growing interconnectivity of todays cultures thru the web and the growing financial booms associated with both mobile devices and technical leaps forward in video game immersion, I feel it would speak volumes in favor of the liquor board’s forethought to review its current ban and see a future bright with economic possibilities and global attention as today’s generations look to their cities to lead them into a promising economic future where both the cultures of the past and future are served.

      Thanks you for your attention and action,

      Jared Barber

      • 11 months ago

      Because the people of this province are tired of the BCLB making rules for the sake of making stupid rules. What could possibly be wrong with video games in an establishment? Oh that's right... some people might enjoy themselves, and a restauranteur with an original, harmless idea might stand a chance in this ridiculous city. They'll eventually allow it once they figure out how to get paid for it!!!

    • David Coles UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 months ago

      Because this is just simply against common sense.


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