Last month, the Supreme Court struck down a California law that would restrict selling mature rated games to minors. The Court said that the law runs counter to the First Amendment and was unconstitutional. The Electronic Software Association, the lobbying group for the gaming industry, was a hard fighter against the law, and now they want some money for their troubles. $1.1 million, to be exact. Never mind that California is struggling to pay its bills.
In the past with failed laws, the ESA has managed to get some paper from law-makers in other states that tried to restrict the sale of games. Michael Gallagher, the CEO of the ESA, had this to say on the matter:
“From the start of this misguided legislation, then-Governor Schwarzenegger and specific California legislators knew that their efforts to censor and restrict expression were, as court after court ruled, unconstitutional and thus a waste of taxpayers’ money, government time, and state resources.”
This demand for money shows two things. One, it shows that politicians should quit trying to f*ck with the ESA. Two, it shows that the ESA is more cruel than someone teabagging your corpse in Halo.