The ESA has been involved in state and federal legal cases. These cases are framed by the ESA as battles over freedom of speech, where the courts consistently rule that video games are protected, free speech. The most recent, influential case involving the ESA, Brown v. EMA/ESA, found “video games qualify for First Amendment protection.”
- The ESA has been involved in state, legal cases such as, EMA, et al., v. Henry, et al., ESA, et al., v. Blagojevich, et al. ESA, et al., v. Foti, et al. ESA, et al., v. Hatch, et al. ESA, et al., v. Granholm, et al. and ESA, et al., v. Blagojevich, et al..
- The ESA provides information on all legal issues surrounding video games.
- The ESA includes a 10 page pdf resource on their site, summarizing the “essential facts” surrounding games and legal issues.
- The ESA site provides information about the federal case, Brown v. EMA/ESA. This page also offers a variety of resources, many of which summarize the following issues: legal/federal cases in the form of newspaper articles, press releases, research findings (such as aggression research), and rating systems.