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Topic of the Week: Chicago Bans M-Rated Game Ads

The city of Chicago enacted an ordinance in January that banned advertisements of M and Adult-Only rated games on their Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) buses and trains. The video game industry, in the form of the ESA, has responded by filing a lawsuit. This comes only a few months after the city settled a lawsuit with Rockstar Games over Grand Theft Auto IV ads that the city found objectionable.

Does the city of Chicago (or any city for that matter) have a right to determine what can be displayed on publicly owned buses and trains? Does the First Amendment protect a video game company’s advertising department? What do you think of the ban? Is it necessary or a waste of time and money? Share your thoughts on this topic. We would love to hear from you. If you are not yet registered, click this link.

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