Sex offenders in Texas to register game handles?

A bill has been proposed by Texas Legislators that would require registered sex offenders to disclose their online screen names.The bill, publicized by GamePolitics, doesn’t name video game communication services such as Xbox Live and PlayStation Home, but it does cover their services more extensively. Sex offenders would be required to disclose their “Internet communication identifier,” which could quite possibly mean their Gamertags and/or PlayStation Network usernames, as well as other online gaming monikers.

GamePolitics mentions that this bill could actually end up limiting sex offenders from using any “commercial social networking” site or service entirely.

I only see this as a good thing since it seems that registered sex offenders could have a field day with the Internet social media craze, and the MMOs and MMORPGs out there today. I hope every state eventually proposes and passes this same bill, and sooner rather than later. By no means will this eliminate sex offenders from being in our online games and networks, but it might make me feel just a little bit safer.

Posted by Nikki Lee
May 7th, 2009

Published by Reinout te Brake

Reinout is a games investor and strategic business consultant specializing in the games industry. Reinout established his credentials through his own successful investments, start-ups, consulting and (advisory) board positions that led through time to strong bonds with key stakeholders in this fast paced industry. He is known for his outstanding results in the gaming industry. He has worked with many game studios around the globe and is therefore well known in the international gaming industry. Check out his games podcast; https://www.game-consultant.com

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