California to reimburse ESA $950,000 for costs incurred during SCOTUS

By Stephany Nunneley, Thursday, 26 January 2012 17:14 GMT

The ESA has announced the state of California will hand over $950,000 to the trade body in order to reimburse it for legal fees incurred from US Supreme Court case against SCOTUS.

SOCTUS was devised by State Senator Leland Yee and supported by ex-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and sought to impose regulations on the sale of video games the bill deemed violent. The US Supreme Court untimately found the bill to be unconstitutional, and dismissed it on those grounds.

The ESA has announced it would donate a portion of the $950,000 to develop “after-school educational programs for underserved communities” in Oakland and Sacramento.

This new new charitable education initiative will launch in the spring, and with it the ESA hopes to “harness young peoples’ natural passion for playing and making video games” while developing industry-related job skills.

Including reimbursements already paid from the two California lower court rulings, the state will have paid $1,327,000 to ESA. Other states which attempted to regulate the sale of video games, resulted in ESA receiving $1,773,000, totaling $3.1 million in legal fees paid.

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