San Francisco Chronicle
August 6, 2007
Sacramento — A federal judge on Monday struck down a California state law that prohibits the selling or renting of violent video games to minors.The 2005 legislation, authored by then-Assemblyman Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, was challenged in courts by a pair of video game industry groups just 10 days after the bill was signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The law prohibited selling or renting a violent video game to anyone under 18 years of age. Violations were punishable by fines of up to $1,000. The proponents argued that stricter laws were needed because such games can influence minors to also act violently.
However, the Video Software Dealers Association and the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) consistently argued that the ESA’s rating system for games — similar to the way movies are rated — is sufficient.