Video Game Makers Sue California

    October 18, 2005
    WebProNews Staff

Trade groups want to overturn a recently passed law to ban the sale or rental of violent video games to minors.

The California legislation has been slated to go into effect on January 1. Violators of the ban could be fined $1,000, and will require game makers to more carefully label boxes describing a game’s content, an AP report said.

Two trade groups for the game makers claim the law violates First Amendment protection and equates the measure to “content-based censorship.” The Entertainment Software Association and the Video Software Dealers Association have also filed suits in Michigan and Illinois to stop similar laws in those states.

California sees the legislation as a tool parents need to help determine which games would be appropriate in their homes. “I believe strongly that we must give parents the tools to help them protect their children,” Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said in a statement.

“It is not up to any industry or the government to set standards for what kids can see or do; that is the role of parents,” Douglas Lowenstein, president of the Entertainment Software Association, told reporters.

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