Supreme Court Strikes Down California Video Game Ban

Jun 29, 2011 - LegalZoom News Sources
Video game companies had anticipated the decision, as the court ruled 7-2 in favor of the industry.

Although many people will agree that violent video games should not be in the hands of the American youth, there is a disagreement about the legality of a ban on this material. While California attempted to prevent the sale of this content to minors, the Supreme Court ruled against the state, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The high court ruled that the states have the legal power to protect children from harm, but the local legislatures do not possess the right to restrict the ideas to which minors can be exposed, the news source reported.

"California has singled out the purveyors of video games for disfavored treatment - at least when compared to booksellers, cartoonists and movie producers - and has given no persuasive reason why," Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in the majority opinion for the case.

Video game companies had anticipated the decision, as the court ruled 7-2 in favor of the industry. If the court had ruled in the favor of California, then the electronic-based businesses would be regulated as if they were involved with pornography or firearms, according to Bloomberg.