ESA Responds To Call For Games Like GTA 5 To Be Banned

The group that represents the interests of video game companies and defends the industry has responded to the new bill in Chicago.

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In a story that seems like it occurs every few months, a politician is blaming violent video games for contributing to real-life crime. The organization that defends the video game industry across the USA has released a statement in response to a Chicago lawmaker's plan to ban the sale of violent video games.

The ESA--which also organizes E3 every year--said in a statement that there is "no evidence" of a connection between video games and violence, as studies have shown.

"While our industry understands and shares the concerns about what has been happening in Chicago, there simply is no evidence of a link between interactive entertainment and real-world violence," the spokesperson said. "We believe the solution to this complex problem resides in examining thoroughly the actual factors that drive such behaviors rather than erroneously ascribing blame to video games based solely upon speculation."

Marcus C. Evans, a Democrat who represents parts of Chicago and its surrounding suburbs, introduced the bill--HB3531--this week into the Illinois General Assembly.

The new bill seeks to ban the sale of violent video games to everyone, not just minors, in the state of Illinois. The bill seeks to change the definition of "violent video game." It appears games like Grand Theft Auto 5 are at the center of it.

Evans told the Chicago Sun Times that he introduced the bill in response to the rise in carjackings in Chicago. "The bill would prohibit the sale of some of these games that promote the activities that we're suffering from in our communities," he said.

The overwhelming majority of bills are never signed into law. We'll report back with more details on how HB3531 progresses through the state legislature in the days and weeks ahead.

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