Sex offenders banned from playing video games online

More than 3,500 video game accounts associated with sex offenders in New York were deleted on Thursday. 


Fruzsina Eördögh

Internet Culture

Published Apr 5, 2012   Updated Jun 2, 2021, 6:55 pm CDT

It’s “game over” for sex offenders in the state of New York.

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On Thursday, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s initiative, titled “Operation: Game Over,” went into effect, successfully deleting more than 3,500 video game accounts associated with sex offenders.

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The  purge included accounts belonging to the gaming companies Microsoft, Apple, Blizzard, Electronic Arts, Disney, Warner Brothers, and Sony, all of whom participated willingly.

“We must ensure online video game systems do not become a digital playground for dangerous predators. That means doing everything possible to block sex offenders from using gaming networks as a vehicle to prey on underage victims,”  Scheiderman said in a statement.   

“Together we are making the online community safer for our children, not allowing it to become a 21st century crime scene.”

According to the statement, “Operation: Game Over” was a direct reaction to “recent incidents of sexual predators using voice and text chat functions in online gaming services to lure underage victims across the country.”

New York requires sexual predators to register their email addresses and online identities, but the purge is the first time the law has been applied to video games.

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Is this game over or will predators find a way to hit reset?

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*First Published: Apr 5, 2012, 8:26 pm CDT