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  • Blog Post: Activision Re-Joins The ESA

    Back in 2008, Activision dropped out of industry trade association the ESA (Entertainment Software Association) . Now the Call of Duty publisher/developer – along with Chinese online services company Tencent – is back in the fold. Although Activision has not been a member of the ESA for a... More
  • Blog Post: Into The Pixel Winners Announced, Tenth Annual Art Exhibit At E3 2013

    When we speak of art in video games, we're often referring to the digital representations that play out across the screen. In fact, we've reached a point where concept art as promotional construct is often shrugged off as consumers ask, "Is that in-game?" When separated from the commercial... More
  • Blog Post: ESA Annual Report Details The Association's 2012 Stand Against Piracy

    2012 was a busy year for the Entertainment Software Association, and the latest annual report details some of the organizations projects during the year. The ESA represents video games in a number of important ways, including supporting and maintaining ESRB rating system, and acting as a representative... More
  • Blog Post: Politicians, Media Continue To Tie Video Games To Newtown Tragedy

    In the wake of the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, members of the news media and politicians are turning their eye to the role that violent video games might have played in the shootings. The most prominent move came from U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller, who has introduced... More
  • Blog Post: E3 Stays In LA

    The ESA (Entertainment Software Association) has announced that the E3 industry convention will continue to be held at the LA Convention Center through 2015. The area around the Convention Center is undergoing construction to accomodate AEG's Farmers Field sports and events facility where the current... More
  • Blog Post: Into the Pixel Submissions Now Open

    The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences and the Entertainment Software Association announced submissions for the 2012 Into the Pixel exhibit are now open. Into the Pixel is described as an exploration and celebration of the art of video games. The art is chosen by a group of judges ranging from... More
  • Blog Post: Proposed Bill Would Add Warning Labels To Games

    A proposed bill would require most video games to carry a warning label that says, “WARNING: Exposure to violent video games has been linked to aggressive behavior.” The Violence in Video Games Labeling Act was introduced Monday by Joe Baca (D-Calif.) and Frank Wolf (R-Va.) in response to... More
  • Blog Post: ESA Drops SOPA Support

    The Entertainment Software Association, a trade group that represents U.S video game publishers, has dropped its support for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). "From the beginning, ESA has been committed to the passage of balanced legislation to address the illegal theft of intellectual property... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] Nintendo, Sony, And Microsoft Never Pulled Back On Supporting SOPA

    [ Update ] The list in question, referenced below, never actually featured the names of Sony, Microsoft, or Nintendo. The three companies in question signed themselves onto a letter from the US Chamber of Commerce which urged Congress to support something like SOPA, but it was never an official endorsement... More
  • Blog Post: The ESA Is Still Strongly In Support Of SOPA

    Possibly in response to the recent plethora of news stories covering SOPA and Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony's engagement with the act, the Entertainment Software Association has issued a statement. The ESA issued the following statement to Joystiq.com in regard to its stance on SOPA: "As an... More
  • Blog Post: ESA Files Motion To Recoup Attorneys' Fees

    The Entertainment Software Association is delivering another blow to California after the organization successfully defeated the state's video-game legislation in the United States Supreme Court. The group filed a motion with the court today that requests $1.1 million to recoup attorneys' fees... More
  • Blog Post: ESA Spent Over $1 Million In Lobbying In First Quarter Of 2011

    The Entertainment Software Association is still basking in the glow of its landmark victory over the state of California in the Supreme Court, but the industry organization has not let up in its efforts to lobby on behalf of video games in Washington. In a recently released filing with the Office of... More
  • Blog Post: Game Industry Gets High Marks For Age Enforcement Of M-Rated Games

    Though the game industry has frequently come under criticism by watchdog groups and politicians, a Federal Trade Commission study released today praised the industry's efforts of enforcing restrictions on ESRB M-rated games at retail outlets. The study was conducted by using "secret shoppers"... More
  • Blog Post: ESA-Decried Video Game Study Released

    Last week , the video game trade group the ESA (Entertainment Software Association) preemptively criticized Dr. Douglas Gentile's study about video game addiction in Pediatrics magazine. It's now out, and Dr. Gentile (associate professor of psychology at Iowa State University – Ames) finds... More
  • Blog Post: ESA Warns Of Flawed Video Game Study

    The Entertainment Software Association is preemptively warning the public about what it considers is a flawed study regarding video game violence published in the February issue of Pediatrics magazine. The study, by Douglas Gentile, attempts to link video games to mental health problems of children in... More
  • Blog Post: Stan Lee Joins The First Amendment Fight

    The Entertainment Software Association (the industry trade organization) has announced that its free Video Game Voters Network political action group (seeking to defend video games from censorship via the First Amendment) has signed on over 250,000 gamers to its cause. To celebrate, it's also enlisted... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Robbie Bach ESA's 2010 Champion Honoree

    On October 20 in San Francisco, the ESA will hold its annual Nite to Unite benefit to raise money for its kids' charity. Microsoft's Robbie Bach – president of the company's entertainment & devices division – is being given the 2010 Champion award. Industry luminaries such... More
  • Blog Post: ESA To Highlight Positive Effects Of Video Games In Supreme Court Case

    A few weeks ago California submitted its case to the U.S. Supreme Court for why the sale of violent video games should be prohibited to minors. The underlying argument, which is supported by politicians like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Leland Yee, is that violent video games have a harmful effect on children... More
  • Blog Post: Supreme Court To Address Video Game Legislation

    News broke early this morning that the Supreme Court of the United States has approved a petition for a writ of certiorari in regards to the Entertainment Merchants Association v. Schwarzenegger case. A writ of certiorari is an action that allows a higher court to review a decision made by a lower one... More
  • Blog Post: Canada Cracks Down On Counterfeit Games

    Today the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and the Entertainment Software Association Canada (ESAC) praise the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and York Police Service for a recent raid on retailers selling pirated software at Pacific Mall in Markham, Ontario. After a two month investigation, authorities... More
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