SCOTUS rules against violent California games law

Monday, 27 June 2011 15:35 GMT By Staff

The Supreme Court of the United States has sided with the videogames industry, declaring it the winner in the EMA (Entertainment Merchants Association) vs Brown case that has gone on for six years.

The vote in the case, which argued over the constitutional rights of a law which would have have governed the sale of videogames to minors, came in at a 7-2 ruling against California.

It was written by California senator Leland Yee and was passed into law by then-California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger back in 2005. Schwarzenegger’s name was removed from the case name after Jerry Brown took over as governor.

The games industry, obviously, was vehemently opposed to the bill.

Justice Antonin Scalia said that the bill “does not comport with the 1st Amendment.”

Videogame stocks showed a mixed reaction to the result.

There’s more on the victory at GamePolitics and at the links below.