California Pays ESA $283,000 Over 2005 Video Game Law

The Entertainment Software Association, which represents the interests of US game publishers, issued a press release today announcing that it had received a check for $282,794  from the state of California.

The money represents legal fees incurred by the video game industry while contesting California’s 2005 video game law. The statute was declared unconstitutional by a U.S. District Court Judge in August, 2007.

Commenting on the payment, ESA CEO Michael Gallagher said:

California deserves more from its legislators than pursuing flawed legislation. State employees are facing pay cuts. California’s services are being scaled back. And, anxiety is rising in Sacramento to find funds. Rather than tackling real problems affecting Californians, they chose to waste time, money and state resources. It is shameful that legislators pursued personal agendas in spite of the facts.

 

Caregivers are not well-served by court battles and legal fees. Rather, they would have been far better off if state officials worked together with our industry to raise awareness about video game ratings and the parental controls available on all new game consoles—both of which help ensure that the games children play are parent-approved.

The ESA also notes that the payment comes at a financially difficult time for California, which faces a $15 billion budget gap and laid off 10,000 state workers last week.
 
As directed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the case remains under appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Gallagher threw a jab at the state on that score as well:
 
It is unfortunate that the state is stubbornly pursuing an appeal that is likely to lead to even more court-awarded fees.

 

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    desperad0 says:

    Thanks good job;

    Btw, I think Atari and Midway will drop out too, but mostly travesti because  these guys have done nothing travesti or little and need to start saving costs. and dizi izle

    YES.

    Now I don’t have to get off my ass for the important shit anymore!

    Whats next, ordering pizza from Xbox live?

    Wait… I think that sounds like a good idea.

    But I think voting should MAKE you get off your ass, and see outside or a second while you go vote. I mean, your picking the president of the United States of America for God’s Sake… least you can do is drive down there and punch out a card.

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    oto kirlama says:

    Gallagher can araç kiralama say all he wants, but I strongly rent a car believe it’s due to his crappy leadership and E3 being a joke. ESA’s Board of Directors need to find a way to get out rent a car of this horrid contract with this Bush cronie before there’s no one left on the Board.

    Btw, I think Atari and Midway will drop out too, but mostly travesti because  these guys have done nothing ttnet vitamin or little and need to start saving costs.

    YES.

    Now I don’t have to get off my ass for the important shit anymore!

    Whats next, ordering pizza from Xbox live?

    Wait… I think that sounds like a good idea.

    But I think voting should MAKE you get off your ass, and see outside or a second while you go vote. I mean, your picking the president of the United States of America for God’s Sake… least you can do is drive down there and punch out a card.

     

  3. 0
    darkpikachu02 says:

    My Grandmother must be old school. She said that the reason the ESA fights these laws is over a fear of losing money on M rated game sales. She had said that she read a commentary article when she was in Manassas Park, VA where the writer’s header was, "ESA fights ID Check Laws-First Amendment Violation or Profit Protection?".

    Ben

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    Krono says:

    57 cents is still money that is owed to a lawyer. Why should the ESA or their lawyers lose even a single cent over something that’s California’s fault?

    -Gray17

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    M. Carusi says:

    Another state government gets slapped in the face.  Californians might as well just start giving their tax dollars to the ESA if California’s going to appeal the decision.

    M. Carusi

    Capitol Gaming

    augamers.blogspot.com

  6. 0
    Kommisar says:

    <sigh>  My tax dollars at work.

    And Grey Davis was not that incompetent.  He was actually pretty decent, as Governors go for California.  The recall succeeded because enough stupid people in SoCal were pissed off that he didn’t repeal the SUV tax like he said he would.

    Of course, they’re all paying $4.50+ a gallon at the pump now, so I suppose there is some justice in the world, however much it hurts everyone else.

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    GryphonOsiris says:

    Those who ran include a porn star, a pin-up model, Gary Coleman, a punk rocker, a college student, a guy rumored to be investigated for murder, Larry Flint, the owner of Ask.com, a girl that sold Georgi for Govenor Thongs, and a TV Producer.

    Yeah, didn’t vote in this one, as you don’t elect people in a three ring circus.

    "The Good, the Bad, and Videogame"
    Reviews on the best, worst, and controversial issues of Videogames.
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    gs2005 says:

    Leland Yee should be paying this fee out of his own salary.  I wish he would get some bad press about this, but unfortunately there are a lot of "uber-liberals" in this state who just feel he is doing the "right thing" no matter what.  The ESA should collect interest on Schwarzeneggers’ misguided meddling and let Yee’s sorry excuse for a law just die off.  Yee is also proof that just because you have a Ph. D does not mean you are any more insightful or intelligent than your average educated voting citizen.

    Ultimately, Yee just a symptom to a bigger problem-a culture of finger pointers, and not problem solvers.

     

  9. 0
    Buckeye531 says:

    Arnold was elected because of his celebrity. which makes him a hypocrite for signing this law and thus slapping the industry that made him a public figure that aided in his election.

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    E. Zachary Knight says:

    That specific amount of cash goes to paying their lawyers and reembersing them on other lawsuit related fees.

    I don’t think any of it goes directly into their pockets.

    E. Zachary Knight
    http://www.editorialgames.com
    Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
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    E. Zachary Knight
    Divine Knight Gaming
    Oklahoma Game Development
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    Salen says:

    Everyone knows Court-Awarded Fees are the Bonus Points of the Judicial system.

    But yeah, you’d think California would worry less about their bruised judicial ego and just cut their losses on fighting against the "evils of videogames".

  12. 0
    GryphonOsiris says:

    Wow… the state has to lay off hundreds of part time workers but seems to have the $283,000 dollars to pay off the settlement from a BS law that they tried to pass… Man I hate this state, should maybe move to Montana, except that there ain’t nothing out there.
     

     

    "The Good, the Bad, and Videogame"
    Reviews on the best, worst, and controversial issues of Videogames.
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    E. Zachary Knight says:

    Sure eclipses the $56367 they are seeking from Oklahoma. Not that Oklahoma is any better of a position and we have a lower level of income producing businesses here.

    Sucks that they want to spnd more in appealing the failed law.

    E. Zachary Knight
    http://www.editorialgames.com
    Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
    MySpace Page: http://www.myspace.com/okceca
    Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1325674091


    E. Zachary Knight
    Divine Knight Gaming
    Oklahoma Game Development
    Rusty Outlook
    Random Tower
    My Patreon

  14. 0
    Andrew Eisen says:
    I’ve known this was coming for two years but it certainly doesn’t make it any easier to swallow.
     
    “It is unfortunate that the state is stubbornly pursuing an appeal that is likely to lead to even more court-awarded fees.” – Gallagher.
     
    Indeed.

     

    Andrew Eisen

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