Video Game Law Blog

October 18, 2005

As expected, the Video Software Dealers Association and the Entertainment Software Association have started a lawsuit challenging California's new game legislation. The bill, which comes into force on January 1, 2006, restricts the sale of violent games to minors and requires manufacturers, distributors, importers, and retailers to put extra labels on such games.

The VSDA/ESA lawsuit claims that the California bill violates the First Amendment's freedom of speech protections by restricting access to games solely based on expressive content.

VSDA press release at

Coverage at