U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to review ruling that bans ‘sexism, prejudice, and violence’ in video games
Microsoft is challenging a California district court’s ruling that prohibits the promotion of gender-based stereotypes and violence in its games.
In a lawsuit filed last week in San Francisco, Microsoft argued that its games are protected under the First Amendment and the First inclusiveness Clause.
The court heard arguments Friday on whether Microsoft can proceed with its case, which is currently before the Second U.A.C.C., which hears cases in California state courts.
The U.K.-based firm has also argued that the California ruling is in conflict with the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights and that Microsoft has failed to prove a compelling reason for banning certain elements of its games from sale in the U and U.W. The California lawsuit was filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which seeks to halt the ban.
“There is no evidence that these games contain any content that promotes or incites violence against women,” EFF said in a statement.
“Microsoft has made no effort to prove that the company’s games promote or encourage violence against anyone.
We’re not even sure whether these games even exist.”