As Ben Weitzenkorn reports for NBC News, if you’ve been convicted of a
sex offense in New York, prepare to have your online gaming account brought down (if
it hasn’t already).
New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, in his support of
“Operation: Game Over,” said:
“The Internet is the crime scene of the 21st century, and we must
ensure that online video game platforms do not become a digital playground
for dangerous predators. That means doing everything possible to block
sex offenders from using gaming systems as a vehicle to prey on underage
So far, more than 2,000 registered sex offenders in New York have had their
online gaming accounts brought down, with probably more to come.
Authorities are concerned with offenders contacting children through chat
and messaging located inside the game interface.
Many registered sex offenders across the country have already been banned
from using online social networking sites like Facebook.