The video game industry is intricately involved in legal issues surrounding video games. As a strong proponent of video games being protected under the First Amendment, the industry has been involved in a number of state and federal video game cases. Though the industry argues that video games are protected as free speech, and that there is no substantive link between video games and violence, the industry still works to inform citizens of the content of video games, via a rating system. Finally, through industry-affiliated advocacy groups, such as the Video Game Voters Network, the industry encourages public participation in discussion and promotion of issues surrounding video games and free speech.
The “Industry Perspectives” portion of this site provides information about video games, legal issues, regulation, and public participation, from the perspective of the video game industry. This section specifically focuses on three, interrelated areas:
1. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA)
2. The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB)
3. The Video Game Voters Network (VGVN)