MINNESOTA’S RESTRICTED VIDEO GAMES ACT STRUCK DOWN BY THE U.S. COURT OF APPEALS

The State of Minnesota attempted to pass into law a bill that placed restrictions on children's purchase of violent video games. However, the multi-billion dollar video game industry challenged this bill in court, blocking the state's attempt. In Entertainment Software Association and Entertainment Merchants Association v. Hatch, both the United States District Court in Minnesota and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that legislative restrictions placed on the use of video games by minors are unconstitutional as they are contrary to the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What claims were made by the ESA in its application to strike down the proposed Minnesota Act?
What were the main arguments presented by the State of Minnesota in support of the Act?
What were the main findings and conclusions of the courts?

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