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Gamers: Now is the time to stand up and be counted!

The Supreme Court of the United States heard the State of California’s infamous ‘violent video game case,’ Brown v. EMA on Tuesday, November 2nd. That means that this year, the Court is going to decide whether to agree with the lower federal courts or not. Agreeing would mean that they believe that video games are,and should continue to be, First Amendment protected speech; just like books, movies and music.  The court disagreeing would mean that they think video games should be treated differently. This could lead to new bills and laws curtailing video game access in states across the country.

For nearly two decades, elected officials have tried to regulate which video games you can buy, rent and play. Every single time they’ve passed a law, the federal courts have struck it down as unconstitutional. But this may change this fall.

It is no exaggeration to state that their hearing represents the single most important moment for gamers, and the pivotal issue for gaming, in the sector’s history.

Over last summer, we drafted and formally submitted our amicus brief, which was included with the other official court documents related to the case. Separately, we attached a petition signed by you, the American public, which – by its very existence – publicly defined who the consumers of interactive entertainment are and why we care enough about the issue to take the time to make the effort to speak up and make our voices heard. The petition established an authoritative collective position which cannot be redefined by detractors nor co-opted by others. And it enshrines each and every signatory’s participation in the court documents and in the U.S. National Archives’ official records related to the case.

If you’re an American gamer, and you care about gaming and your rights, stand up and be counted; sign the petition today!


We, the undersigned American video game consumers, purchase, rent and play video games the way we do other entertainment content such as movies and music. We respectfully request that you hold that video games are indeed free speech, protected under the First Amendment, like other entertainment media.
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