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AB-2194 Video games: microtransactions.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/12/2018 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2194


Introduced by Assembly Member Quirk

February 12, 2018


An act to add Chapter 6.8 (commencing with Section 20660) to Division 8 of the Business and Professions Code, relating to video games.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2194, as introduced, Quirk. Video games: microtransactions.
Existing law requires a video game retailer to post a sign providing information to consumers about a video game rating system or notifying consumers that a rating system is available to aid in the selection of a game.
This bill would require the manufacturer of a video game that is sold in California and includes the opportunity to engage in a microtransaction, as defined, within the video game to provide a clear disclosure that the video game includes the opportunity to engage in a microtransaction on the physical box the video game is sold in. The bill would make a video game manufacturer that violates this provision subject to a civil penalty of up to $1,000 per violation.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Chapter 6.8 (commencing with Section 20660) is added to Division 8 of the Business and Professions Code, to read:
CHAPTER  6.8. Video Games Featuring Microtransactions

20660.
 (a) The manufacturer of a video game that is sold in California and includes the opportunity to engage in a microtransaction within the video game shall provide a clear disclosure that the video game includes the opportunity to engage in a microtransaction on the physical box the video game is sold in.
(b) For purposes of this section, a “microtransaction” is the ability to use real-world currency, including, but not limited to, a credit card, to purchase an item or download or unlock content within the game.
(c) A video game manufacturer that violates this section shall be subject to a civil penalty of up to one thousand dollars ($1,000) per violation.