A supreme court case that could have some major impacts to the video game industry has now been given an official date. The court will hear arguments that denying the purchase of violent (not necessarily M rated) games by minors goes against the First Amendment. It will also determine whether the state should have to prove that these violent games have a devastating effect on children. The case of Schwarzenegger vs. EMA will be heard November 2 at 10 AM EST, so we’ll get more info around that time. You can check out some more details after the jump.
The case originated from a state law in California that was written by Leland Yee, a state senator. The law proposes to ban the sale of violent videogames to minors. It was signed in 2005, but was struck down in the lower courts.
There is no schedule set for the final decision, but the ruling must be made before the beginning of Court’s summer recess. We should expect a ruling sometime in June 2011.
Soon, you may see more little kids in the lobby for your next match on CoD, simply because they have the right. Needless to say, this case will definitely change the industry, for better or for worse.