Another attempt to criminalize sales of Mature rated games went down in flames and cost California dearly.
The ESA has been catching a lot of flak over the whole SOPA/PIPA thing, but they really do have the game industry's back in many other case. One such example is in a law that California's Leland Yee and Arnold Schwarzenegger were trying to pass. Said law would have made it a crime to sell Mature rated games to minors.
The ESA stepped in quickly and took California to court to settle the issue. After quite a bit of time in the court system, the ESA won out and the law was declared unconstitutional. As a result, the state of California has to shell out $950,000 to the ESA. That's a total of $1,230,000 they've collected from California in the last few years.
"Senator Yee and Governor Schwarzenegger wasted more than $1 million in taxpayer funds at a time when Californians could ill afford it," says ESA president Michael D. Gallagher.