Proposed Law Targets Popular Mobile GamesAuthor: Jacob D. Caudill
October 13, 2016
The Illinois House of Representatives recently proposed a bill concerning location-based video games, such as Pokémon Go. If passed, municipalities and other property owners could request the removal of certain locations from these games under the Location-based Video Game Protection Act.
Location-based video games, such as Pokémon Go, require the player to travel to sites located within the real-world. The proposed bill would allow property owners, including municipalities, to request that an ecologically sensitive site, historically significant site, a site located on private property, or a dangerous site be removed from the video game.
Once the request is received, the video game developer must remove the site within two business days. If the developer fails to remove the site, it can be fined up to $100 for each day of the violation.
As usual, we will keep you updated on this bill as it moves through the legislative process.