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The ESA Adds Six New Member Companies to the Mix in 2019

This morning, the Entertainment Software Association announced six new members have been added to their ranks, all familiar names in the industry. Those six companies are Intellivision Entertainment, Natsume Inc., Riot Games, SEGA of America, THQ Nordic, and Wizards of the Coast. All six will have the same rights and privileges as others currently do who […]

The ESA Cautions Against Game Addiction Diagnoses

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) held a meeting with the World Health Organization (WHO) on December 3, 2018. The meeting was intended to discuss the WHO’s activities in regards to “video games, provide information on the video game industry, and exchange views on the role video games and related industries may play in contributing to […]

ESA President Defends Loot Boxes and Warns Against Government Intervention

The president of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), Michael Gallagher, has defended the practice of offering loot boxes in video games during his address at the Nordic games Conference. According to GamesIndustry.biz, Gallagher warned that efforts to regulate them as a form of gambling “challenges our industry’s freedom to innovate, and impairs our ability to continuously […]

The Entertainment Software Association Is Going To The White House

Well, that didn’t take long, did it? After not being invited to the White House to meet with the president along with other major video game companies, the Entertainment Software Association has now been granted an invitation to meet with President Trump on Thursday. This comes on the heels of Trump trying to pass blame for the […]

The ESA Offers A Response To The Hawaii Loot Box Legislation

As we reported earlier this week, there are a couple bills waiting to be seen by the Hawaiian legislature over loot boxes and microtransactions, which if they manage to pass could have an impact on the way the industry handles putting them in games moving forward. Today, the Entertainment Software Association decided to offer their […]

E3 Will be Accepting Fans Again in 2018 with the New Gamer Pass

E3 will be accepting fans back through the doors of the LA Convention Center this June, but this time, they’ve got a new badge type and a much cheaper price-tag. Thanks to how successful the trade show was in 2017, E3 will be inviting the global video game community to experience its best E3 yet, […]

The Entertainment Software Association Announce 20th Anniversary Event

Today, the Entertainment Software Association announced their annual charity event, Nite to Unite, that will be taking place at the Fairmont San Francisco on March 20th. The event itself will have a cocktail event with a silent auction, and awards dinner and ceremony, and dessert for those attending. The honorees have yet to be announced, but proceeds […]

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The ESA Responds to President Trump’s Alleged Racist Remarks

  Despite backing several of US President Donald Trump‘s legislative decisions and tax bills, the Entertainment Software Association has come forward to condemn remarks he allegedly made about Haiti and other “shithole countries.” The remarks were leaked by attendees of an immigration meeting and were first reported by the Washington Post. Multiple witnesses, including Democratic senator Dick […]

What A Shock: The ESA Says Microtransactions Are Not Gambling

In an interview with Rolling Stone, the ESA (Entertainment Software Association) has joined the ESRB in their stance that microtransactions and loot systems are not a form of gambling. The quote came from a story where Hawaiian officials are contemplating putting a law into effect, banning them from being sold to children. One could argue […]

The ESA Approves Of The Republican’s Tax Reform Plan

In case American financial reform isn’t the sort of thing that hits your early morning news feeds, Republican lawmakers revealed a proposed $1.41 trillion tax plan today that cuts taxes for both corporations and certain middle-class families. The latter bit is interesting, since Republicans are usually pretty happy to cut corporate tax rates. However, the ESA (Entertainment […]

Digital Game Sales In 2016 Were A Recordbreaking High

According to the ESA’s new Essential Facts report of video game digital sales for the year of 2016, we’ve done a fantastic job of downloading things as a community this year. The report also includes some absolutely fascinating facts, like the fact that the average gamer is now 35 years old, and that women aged 18 […]

The Games Industry Vs Trump

Even now, a full week after President Donald Trump‘s anti-Immigration Executive Order, games companies are still coming out of the woodwork to tell us all about how they disagree with the order, ranging from moral grounds to abject interference with their employees lives. One of the latest companies to join the trend is Harmonix, who released […]