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ESA to appeal against Minnesota's new games bill

The Entertainment Software Association has vowed to file suit in Minnesota's federal district court following the State Governor's decision to sign a new videogames bill into law.

The Entertainment Software Association has vowed to file suit in Minnesota's federal district court following the State Governor's decision to sign a new videogames bill into law.

The SF 785 bill, which will see underage consumers fined USD 25 for buying Mature and Adults Only games, was signed by Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty last week. It is due to become law on August 1st.

"The Entertainment Software Association is deeply disappointed by the actions of the Minnesota legislature and Governor Pawlenty. We believe that SF 785 is unnecessary and will restrict the First Amendment rights of Minnesotaâs citizens," the ESA said in a statement.

"To enact âfeel goodâ bills knowing theyâre likely to be tossed by the courts is the very height of cynicism. The computer and videogame industry intends to file suit in Minnesota federal district court shortly, asking that the stateâs new video game law be overturned."

The ESA went on to accuse those responsible for the bill of "subverting the Constitution", adding that they were "frittering away" tax money.

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