New York Bans Another 2000 Sex Offenders From Online Gaming

New York Bans Another 2000 Sex Offenders From Online Gaming

The US state of New York, whose “Operation Game Over” earlier this year banned more than 3500 registered sex offenders from services like Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network, has booted another 2100 from online gaming after bringing THQ, Funcom and NCSoft to the cause.

Eric T. Schneiderman, the state’s attorney general, announced the bannings earlier this morning. They coincide with state law requiring convicted sex offenders to register all email addresses, screen names and other online personae with the state. The state then turns that information over to its Operation Game Over partners, who purge the convicted sex offenders from their rolls.

Many states have sex offender registries, with requirements covering email addresses and the like, but New York State says it is the only one working to have offenders removed from online gaming services. The initiative was inspired by this case, in which a 19-year-old met a 12-year-old boy over Xbox Live, arranged a meeting with the child, and then sexually abused him. The offender was sentenced earlier this year to six months in jail, making his lifetime permaban from online gaming a more lasting and potentially worse punishment.

In addition to THQ, NCSoft, Funcom, Microsoft and Sony, publishers such as Gaia Online, Apple, Blizzard Entertainment, Electronic Arts, Disney Interactive Media Group and Warner Brothers are working with the state.


  • Six months in jail… lifetime ban from xbox.

    Anyway, do the IP monitor because I know its pretty easy to make another email and create a new account.

  • While this guy was justifiably punished (Er, actually 6 months in prison is lax for something that bad) I do have to question why everyone with the sex offender label is getting banned too.

    Yeah, I know we always jump to “mass hysteria” when we hear these words. We think “rapist” or “kiddy diddler” but what about the 18 year old guy who had sex with his 17 year old girl-friend or the gay couple who did “bad gay things” in a very conservative “holier than thou” state?

    People can get labelled as a “sex offender” for pretty stupid innocuous reasons. Just saying!

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