Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello tells IndustryGamers that today’s decision from the Supreme Court on California’s violent videogame law is a win for everyone. Last year Riccitiello expressed concern that publishers would be forced to ship different versions of the same title if new rules were implemented in California and other states. He feared state level bureaucracies that define what’s marketable in each state. Today’s ruling makes that less likely to happen.
"Everybody wins on this decision – the Court has affirmed the Constitutional rights of game developers; adults keep the right to decide what’s appropriate in their houses; and store owners can sell games without fear of criminal prosecution," Riccitiello told IndustryGamers in a statement today.
"Throughout American history, every new creative medium has to fight to establish its rights. Like books and film, videogames have had to face down censors and stand up for creative freedom."
"This was a long, hard, expensive fight, but it pulled together the developers, publishers and fans into a powerful political coalition," he added. "There will be other censors, other challenges. But now we’ve got an army in the field to stand up for the rights of game developers and players."