The ESA Files for Money Lost in California Video Game Law Kerfuffle

They won the case, now where's their damn money?

Joey Davidsonby Joey Davidson

ESA Seeks Money Lost

Despite the fact that the ESA, the group that essentially represented the gaming industry as a whole in the recent Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association/Entertainment Software Association case, warned that California sought to create a law that went against the United States Constitution, the group had to pay lawyers' fees for work from the lowest courts all the way to the Supreme Court. The case was heard that far up the ladder, and the cost required to get the ESA there was not cheap.

The ESA has filed a motion to recoup $1.1 million from their opponents for the cost of attorneys' fees. That's a lot of scratch, but it seems the ESA only deems it necessary because of the warnings they presented from the onset of this issue:

“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.”

At $1.1 million, if the ESA wins their motion, we'll call this a colossal waste of taxpayers' money.

As it stands, however, this is something the ESA and EMA had to fight down. Had the ruling passed and mature games been made illegal for minors, the losses incurred to the industry would have been much larger than a mere $1.1 million. They would have damaged the gaming world forever.