One may remember that a few years ago California attempted to establish an unconstitutional regulation on videogames and their distribution and one may also remember that the bill failed horribly in court. During the Brown v. ESA case, the court voted 7-2 to drop the bill in 2005 and now it appears that the legal fees incurred thanks to that Supreme Court case is going to cost the tax payers of California quite a hefty sum.
The Entertainment Software Association is now to be paid $950,000 in legal fees which they say will then be redistributed to a new charity that will encourage job opportunities for the youth of communities. The ESA president, Michael Gallagher released this statement about the amount of money, “Senator Yee and Governor Schwarzenegger wasted more than $1 million in taxpayer funds at a time when Californians could ill afford it. However we feel strongly that some of these funds should be used to improve services for California’s youth.” In a state that is horrifically in debt already, this is another blow to the draining pockets of California citizens.