Five More Game Companies Join New York State’s ‘Operation: Game Over’ Initiative, 2100 More Accounts Purged

New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued a press release today announcing that five additional companies including Gaia Online, NCsoft, Funcom, THQ, and one company that was not disclosed at press time, have agreed to participate in Operation: Game Over, an initiative to identify and remove registered sex offenders that live in New York state. These companies join Microsoft, Apple, Blizzard Entertainment, Electronic Arts, Disney Interactive Media Group, Warner Brothers and Sony. According to the AG's office 2,100 accounts of registered sex offenders have been purged from online gaming platforms. These numbers are in addition to the more than 3,500 accounts of registered sex offenders purged from other major online gaming platforms earlier in the year.

The initiative is possible thanks to New York State's Electronic Securing and Targeting of Online Predators Act (e-STOP) law, which requires that convicted sex offenders register all of their e-mail addresses, screen names, and other Internet identifiers with the state. That information is then made available to certain websites so that they can then purge potential predators from their online worlds and platforms. Operation: Game Over is the first time e-STOP has been applied to online gaming platforms.

"The Internet is the crime scene of the 21st century, and we must ensure that online video game platforms do not become a digital playground for dangerous predators. That means doing everything possible to block sex offenders from using gaming systems as a vehicle to prey on underage victims," said Attorney General Schneiderman. "I applaud the online gaming companies that have purged registered sex offenders from their networks in time for the holiday season. Together, we are making the online community a safer place for the children of New York."

AG Schneiderman said earlier this year when he announced the initiative that he hoped the program would become a model that other states could use to deal with online predators using services often frequented by young children and teens.

Source: New York State Attorney General's Web Site, image via NY AG Web Site.

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    Truec says:

    If only we lived in a world where parents could be bothered to monitor who their children talk to online, so we wouldn't need Big Daddy Gubbamint to do things like this.

    If only…

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    Longjocks says:

    If you rape a someone or molest a kid you usually fuck them up for life. Having your own life fucked in return hardly seems unfair.

    But that said, it makes the concept of rehabilitation useless. If you need to continue to punish someone after they have been convicted and dealt with accordingly (possibly too light a sentence with some of today's laws, but that's another argument) then rehabilitation isn't going to be achievable. Monitor these people maybe, but what will banning them really achieve? How effective is it? Are these people more likely to re-offend, or do the numbers indicate that those who are yet to be caught are the real risk?

    Or maybe this is just a symptom of how useless current laws, the prison system, and rehabilitation schemes tend to be.

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    Coffeya says:

    The first 3 comments…  Wow, hit the nail on the button.  To add to those, I would like to say that if you pee in a bush or have sex with your partner out in public you can be a sex offender.

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    Neeneko says:

    I know we are supposed to go 'yay bad people being kept away from children'… but I find this type of public/private collusion pretty scary… on top of the already scary 'special case' laws like this make that other crimes are not subject to.

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