The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) are taking a victory lap in Illinois. Both groups released statements in response to Federal Judge Matthew Kennelly's ruling that the Safe Games Illinois Act is unconstitutional.
VSDA president Bo Andersen said, "Today's ruling that the Illinois video game law is unconstitutional is as gratifying as it was predictable... It is unfortunate that Governor Blagojevich and Illinois legislators, in their rush to enact this law, ignored the legal experts who pointed out these defects and warned that the law would be overturned as a violation of the First Amendment."
ESA boss Doug Lowenstein added, "We said a year ago when the Governor of Illinois proposed this statute that the court would strike down this law, and that it would be a shame to waste the time and money of Illinois' taxpayers on a political exercise... This is the fifth decision of this type. It's our hope that politicians will start to work cooperatively with the industry by helping parents in ways that are constitutional, effective, and sensible."
For his part, Gov. Rod Blagojevich vowed to appeal the ruling, saying "This battle is not over. Parents should be able to expect that their kids will not have access to excessively violent and sexually explicit video games without their permission."