York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman this week joined forces
with Microsoft, Sony, and other online platform operators
to ban or severely cripple over 3,580 gaming accounts tied to
registered sex offenders within the state. The initiative, dubbed “Operation: Game
Over”, represents the first time existing sex offender
identification laws have been applied to video game networks.
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," said Schneiderman in his press release (via Joystiq). "I applaud all the companies participating in this
first-of-its-kind initiative for taking online safety seriously and
purging their networks of sex offenders. Together we are making the
online community safer for our children, not allowing it to become a
21st century crime scene."
not listed specifically, Microsoft, Sony, and Apple's inclusion in
Schneiderman's release indicate the database
purge involved Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and Apple's App Store.
Other industry supporters include EA, Disney Interactive Media Group,
Warner Brothers, and Blizzard Entertainment.
Microsoft, we continually evaluate ways to manage safety for our 40
million Xbox LIVE members and particularly for children on our
service,” said Rich Walls, Microsoft's VP and Deputy General
Counsel. “Our partnership with the Office of the New York Attorney
General helps further this cause. By leveraging the online identity
information all registered sex offenders are required to provide, we
are able to help reduce potentially harmful situations. We're
supportive of Attorney General Schneiderman's efforts to make the
Internet, including online gaming environments like Xbox LIVE, safer
the amount of big league support behind Operation: Game Over, it
could be only a matter of time before other states employ similar
online measures. What do you think of the New York Attorney General's