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New York Bans Sex Offenders From Online Games

New York State based sex offenders will find their Xbox Live and World of Warcraft accounts aren't working when they wake up this morning, as part of a move by attorney general Eric Schneiderman to ban them from many online games.

The full list of companies taking part in the move includes: Microsoft, Apple, Blizzard, Electronic Arts, Disney, Warner Bros and Sony - in total banning some 3,500 people from accessing their games.

Current New York law forces sex offenders to hand over email addresses and screen names that are used on various services. This allows them to be banned from places considered inappropriate and to have their actions tracked more easily. This is the first time that this data has been used to limit the online gaming freedoms of those on the offence register.

While Xbox live was specifically mentioned, it is likely that Sony's PlayStation Entertainment Nework and EA Games' Origin service will also have taken part in the ban.

It would be interesting to know if this was a blanket ban on all sex offenders, or if it only focused on those that targeted children or vulnerable people in the past.

While many might feel safer knowing that those on the register can't get online now, others might argue that reducing outlets for aggression, frustration or addiction might not be the smartest move for this group of offenders.

Source: MCVUK (opens in new tab)

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