First Amendment of the United States of America

Protection through Freedom of Speech and Expression

The First Amendment has been fundamental to the preservation and growth of the video game industry in the United States and around the world. Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Expression protects video game publishers, developers, artists, storytellers , music producers and all other areas of the game industry have enabled the groundbreaking diversity and experiences in interactive entertainment and the consumers (the gamers/players) of games.

Protection from Infringement upon these Freedoms

  • More so in the 1980's and 1990's with periodic attempts still made to this day for calls to suppress, regulate and limit video game content was ruled as an infringement infringe upon these guaranteed and protected rights.

  • The U.S. Supreme Court confirmed that video games are protected speech and expression, and that any efforts to limit or ban video game content violates the First Amendment in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association & Entertainment Software Association (2011).

  • At the same time, the video game industry recognized the importance of providing information and tools for all audiences to make their own educated, age-appropriate purchasing decisions regarding video games.

  • For more than 25 years, the industry has worked through the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) to ensure that consumers, especially parents, legal guardians and caregivers, have the resources, including voluntary ratings, needed to make informed decisions about what video games and their content.

  • The effectiveness of these efforts has been praised by the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), as well as such as the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and more.

We honor and will defend these rights

Based on these rulings we also, as many have, do and will, stand by and defend these rights of freedom of speech and freedom of expression and will stand against anyone who seeks to continue to strip away these rights from this and all industries as well as the individual citizen of the United States of America.