Thousands of New York sex offenders blocked from online gaming networks

A joint effort between NY and game companies has resulted in sex predators being removed from online.

Published Thu, Apr 5 2012 6:37 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

The New York attorney general's office and half a dozen gaming companies teamed up to clean convicted felons from their servers. That's right, there are now 3,580 fewer registered sex offenders playing online games thanks to "Operation: Game Over." New York state law made this possible through the data they require when convicted offenders register.

Thousands of New York sex offenders blocked from online gaming networks |

This information includes e-mail addresses, screen names, and other online aliases. This information was then used by multiple gaming companies, including Microsoft, Sony, Apple, Blizzard, EA, Disney Interactive, and Warner Bros., in order to block the people from using their online services. This came from an announcement by New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.

"By leveraging the online identity information all registered sex offenders are required to provide, we are able to help reduce potentially harmful situations," Microsoft VP and Deputy General Counsel Rich Wallis said in a statement. "We're supportive of Attorney General Schneiderman's efforts to make the Internet, including online gaming environments like Xbox Live, safer for everyone."


Trace is a starving college student studying Computer Science. He has a love of the English language and an addiction for new technology and speculation. When he's not writing, studying, or going to class, he can be found on the soccer pitch, both playing and coaching, or on the mountain snowboarding.

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