U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Video Games Are Protected Under The First Amendment

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This one of those days that the entire industry has been fighting for and today the Supreme Court ruled that just like other forms of media like movies and book, video games qualify for protection under the First Amendment. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the video game industry in a 7-2 vote on Monday morning, putting the kabash on a highly controversial California video game law that sought to place government restrictions on the sale of violent video games to minors. The ruling is significant in that it sets a precedent for the government’s role in the regulation of video game industry, and helps place the video game industry on equal ground with other forms of media in terms of government regulation.


The Court stated that the California law “violated the First Amendment.”

“Video games qualify for First Amendment protection. Like protected books, plays, and movies, they communicate ideas through familiar literary devices and features distinctive to the medium,” the ruling states.

As someone who has played video games for most of my life I am happy the case is closed on this one. The truth is that video games are no different from any other form of media that chooses to address a plethora of subjects and viewpoints and should be regulated no differently.

You can read the entire ruling here [PDF] if you like but we must warn you that it is 92 pages so you might want to just take our word for it.

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Lorenzo Winfrey

Lorenzo Winfrey

Editor-In-Chief at ZoKnowsGaming
I am the Co-Ceo of DLT Digital Media. We are a company that is focused on developing new and innovative web properties in addition to developing WordPress based web sites for others. But before I was all that, I was a gamer.
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