Supreme Court to Hear Videogames Case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide the constitutionality of a California law that seeks to ban the sale of violent videogames to minors.

Two lower courts struck down the law as an unconstitutional restriction on freedom of speech.

How the high court rules could affect videogame makers such as Activision Blizzard Inc. (ATVI), producer of “Call of Duty,” and Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.’s (TTWO) Rockstar Games, which makes “Grand Theft Auto.” The case could also have implications for the broader entertainment industry, specifically for producers of violent movies and television shows.

Last week, the court took a broad view of the First Amendment when it struck down a federal law banning depictions of animal cruelty. The court said the law was too sweeping in restricting speech.

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