The New York State Attorney General, Eric T. Schneiderman, has joined forces with Sony and Microsoft to close Xbox Live and PlayStation Network accounts of registered sex offenders.
In a campaign called 'Operation: Game Over' the AG's office has joined forces with Microsoft, Apple, Blizzard Entertainment, Electronic Arts, Disney Interactive Media Group, Warner Brothers and Sony to ban sex offenders from video gaming.
Attorney General Schneiderman stated that, "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."
The AG's office explains that, "Under New York State law, convicted sex offenders must register all of their e-mail addresses, screen names, and other Internet identifiers with the state, and that information is then made available to certain websites so they can purge potential predators from their online networks. After the Office of Attorney General approached gaming companies to remove registered sex offenders on their networks, the companies agreed to purge the accounts. Operation: Game Over is the first time the law has been applied to online video game systems."
In terms of success rates, "3,580 accounts of New York state sex offenders have been purged – or their communication privileges suspended – from the gaming platforms owned by Microsoft, Apple, Blizzard Entertainment, Electronic Arts, Warner Bros. and Disney Interactive Media Group. Sony was unable to provide the number expected to be purged by the date of this press release."Full NYC Attorney General's release can be found here.