Supreme Court: Video Games Ruled Free Speech

Posted on June 28, 2011 by
Supreme Court: Video Games Ruled Free Speech

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that video games are protected as free speech and that the California law prohibiting the sale of games to minors was unconstitutional.

The ESA has also responded to the ruling.

"This is the thirteenth consecutive decsion, and obviously the most important," Gallagher said, "upholding the first-amendment rights of video game developers and video game companies." After the Supreme Court decided to hear the California case, Gallagher says that the ESA has "seen a very steady drop-off in the volume of legislation targeted at content in our industry." In fact, "there's only a single federal bill that addresses these issues at the moment and it has at least one or no co-sponsors," Gallagher said proudly.

For a detailed description of the Supreme Court case, check out Joystiq's coverage of Brown v. EMA.