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Voting Now Open, Top Two Designs to Receive $1,000 in Prizes
AUGUST 24, 2010 – WASHINGTON, DC – The Video Game Voters Network (VGVN) today announced that 10 finalists were selected in the VGVN’s competition to create a new look for the grassroots organization that defends computer and video games.
Earlier this month, VGVN members submitted graphic designs that First Amendment supporters can display as digital badges on social media sites or wear as buttons. The contest received submissions from across the country. Voting is now open to the public and individuals have until Monday, September 6 at 11:59 P.M. EST to choose their favorite design at www.videogamevoters.org/contest.
“VGVN members used their creative skills to contribute to the ongoing effort to ensure that computer and video games continue to enjoy the same First Amendment protection as other forms of art and speech,” said Rich Taylor, senior vice president of communications & industry affairs at the Entertainment Software Association. “Every time VGVN has called on its members, they have produced great ideas and innovative content all in the name of defending video games.”
The VGVN has been mobilizing game enthusiasts around the country since 2006. The VGVN will face its most important fight this fall when the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association/Entertainment Software Association. The case will determine if a California law restricting the First Amendment rights of computer and video game players is constitutional. In 12 prior cases, federal courts across the country, including the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, have ruled that such laws are unconstitutional and games are a protected form of speech.
The 10 contest finalists were chosen by a panel of judges at VGVN based on a number of criteria. The submission that receives the most votes by September 6 will win a $750 Best Buy gift certificate and the runner-up will receive a $250 Best Buy gift certificate.
The Video Game Voters Network is a grassroots organization committed to ensuring that video games are fully protected speech under the Constitution, and receive the same First Amendment protection as books, movies, music and cable television programs. The VGVN opposes efforts to regulate the content of entertainment media, including proposals to criminalize the sale of certain games to minors, or regulate video games differently from movies, music, books, and other media. For more information, please visit www.videogamevoters.org.