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US Supreme Court Rules Violent Games Are Protected As Free Speech

The US Supreme Court has struck down a law that restricted the sale of violent video games to children.

The Supreme Court gave its decision in favour of the gaming industry clarifying that state authorities can not put a ban on the sale or rental of violent games, The Telegraph (opens in new tab) reports.

The 7-2 ruling (opens in new tab)states that banning the sale of such games would violate the first amendment supporting free speech rights in computer era.

Instead, minors should be provided with free speech protection similar to that of books, films, comic books and others, the court suggested.

“Grimm's Fairy Tales, for example, are grim indeed. As her just desserts for trying to poison Snow White, the wicked queen is made to dance in red hot slippers 'til she fell dead on the floor," said Justice Antonin Scalia, drawing a direct parallel between games and books.

The court rejected a 2005 law that restricted sale or rental of violent video games to anyone below the age of 18 in California and many other states.

The ruling has been welcomed by video games manufacturers including the Entertainment Software Association, which originally challenged the California law in 2005. California passed the law because of alleged links between violent games and delinquent behaviour.