California to pay ESA $950,000 over failed game bill

Joystiq - The State of California has agreed to reimburse the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) $950,000 in legal fees for fighting Brown v. EMA up to the Supreme Court. The state must have brought in its top negotiators to get the original request for $1.1 million reduced. Including reimbursements for the 2008 case, which the state already paid, California has dished out more than $1,327,000 to ESA.

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LiquifiedArt2458d ago

so "we the people" are payimg more money to private corps. Awesome!

guitarded772458d ago (Edited 2458d ago )

Not to mention California has serious budget problems... politicians want to flex their muscles at the tax payers expense. Article says the ESA is giving a portion of the money to services for California's youth, so not only did the state of California FAIL, the ESA comes out looking golden. Love it!!!

Spitfire_Riggz2458d ago

LOL I see what you did there...

3GenGames2458d ago

When they start regulating (Harder) rating for games, release games without ratings. You shouldn't even have to pay anything for a rating, it should be publisher discretion. ESRB is a rip off. $5,000 per rating, what a joke.

Soldierone2458d ago

The only issue is stores won't carry the game with no rating. The only option around it is for a major company like EA or Acti to put their own rating system in place.

Comic books did this because of similar circumstances, marvel ditched the comic book rating system and created their own.

Strikepackage Bravo2458d ago

Serves California right, the Hollywood lobby has been after the video game industry for some time now. On top of that, California has gone anti business and tax crazy.

Majin-vegeta2458d ago

Tell me about it and the schools here are in big budget problems.

xabmol2458d ago

*Laughs with contempt*

Fatty2458d ago

*points at California* Haw haw!

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