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Schwarzenegger Signs Game Bill

23 Sep, 2004 By: Kurt Indvik

A California bill requiring retailers who sell or rent video games to hang posters about video game ratings systems and to provide information to consumers on such if they request it has been signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Assembly Bill 1793, which failed to find support earlier in the year, has been vigorously opposed by the Video Software Dealers Association and, indeed, had been watered down from earlier versions that would also have required retailers to segregate ‘M'-rated games and would have exposed retailers to lawsuits and possible fines of $2,500 for each violation.

The new law, which takes effect in January, still exposes retailers to “shake-down” lawsuits by any party who feels the retailer has not prominently posted the information about the availability of games rating information or provided sufficient information, according to Sean Bersell, VP of public affairs for the VSDA.

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