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ESA Leadership Desk: Reflecting on the Decade Since the U.S. Supreme Court Recognized First Amendment Protections for Video GamesFeatured Item / Perspectives /
Ten years ago this month, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark decision recognizing the application of the First Amendment to video games.
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The Entertainment Software Association issued the following statement in response to legislation (HB3531) introduced this week by Illinois state representative Marcus C. Evans:
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Video games are about more than fun. They make us better thinkers, more creative, more curious, and bring us closer together. Thanks to the passion of video game developers, publishers, and players across the globe, the future of interactive entertainment is brighter than ever before.
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Courts, including the US Supreme Court, have ruled 13 times that computer and video games are protected speech. Efforts by these legislative bodies to ban or limit access to or the sale of games they find objectionable will inevitably run afoul of the First Amendment of the US Constitution.
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Specifically, ESA seeks to provide information to the Court regarding the expressive nature of video games and to explain to the Court that it should interpret “advertising” and “trade” under Section 51 so as not to cover video games and other expressive works.