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  • Blog Post: ESA Dispenses The Facts About Video Games & Gamers

    The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has released its 2015 Essential Facts report covering myriad facets of our favorite pastime in the U.S. The research is based on a targeted survey by Ipsos MediaCT of more than 4,000 households, surveying heads of households and "the most frequent gamers"... More
  • Blog Post: Electronic Frontier Foundation And Entertainment Software Association Square Off Over Piracy

    Yesterday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) made waves on social media after posting allegations about the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). The EFF alleges that the ESA (which represents game publishers in the United States) is taking steps to curtail all preservation efforts in gaming... More
  • Blog Post: Art Submissions Open For Into the Pixel 2015 Show

    Every year at E3, the The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences and the Entertainment Software Association host an art show that features video game concept pieces. The show is called Into the Pixel, and if you're an artists, you might be happy to know that this year's show is open to submissions... More
  • Blog Post: Want To Enroll In A Video Game College Program? You've Got More Options Than Ever

    A new study by the Entertainment Software Association shows an explosion in the number of colleges and universities that offer video-game related degree programs. According to the ESA, which maintains a full list of all video game higher educational programs in the U.S. on its website, the are now 390... More
  • Blog Post: Sony's Kaz Hirai To Be Honored At ESA's "Nite To Unite"

    The Entertainment Software Association's annual charity fundraiser will honor Sony's top man. It was announced today by the ESA that Sony Corporation CEO Kazuo "Kaz" Hirai will be the 2013 ESA Champion Honoree at Nite to Unite, a gala event that raises funds to for college scholarships... More
  • Blog Post: The ESA And NRA Lobby Compared

    Games Industry International has posted a fascinating glimpse into the nature of the political lobbying efforts of several major industries. In particular, one finding jumped out as a surprise. At $4.83 million, the ESA outspent the NRA's $2.9 million in lobbying efforts. However, a closer look reveals... More
  • 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: ESA Calls Cops On Ouya's Parking Party

    The LA Convention Center is currently abuzz with activity, but the parking lot across the street is full of antics of its own, as the makers of the Ouya do battle with the organization that runs E3. In an effort to get around paying the fees associated with being a part of E3, the makers of Ouya have... 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: Obama Asks Congress To Fund Study On Game Violence

    During a press conference this morning, President Obama called for the legislature to fund a study on the effects of violent video games and other media. In the conference, which also announced 23 executive orders on gun control, Obama mentioned the proposed study. Later, the wire service Reuters received... 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: E3 Drew Huge Crowds, Considering Moving From L.A.

    The world's biggest video game convention experienced healthy attendance this year, drawing over 47,000 people to downtown Los Angeles. However, there is a possibility that the conference might consider a change of location in future years. The L.A. Convention Center (which is located next to the... 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: California To Pay ESA $950K In Court Fees

    The Entertainment Software Association today announced it would receive $950,000 from the state of California to pay for legal fees from last year's Supreme Court case over violent video games. The ESA, a trade group that represents video game publishers in the U.S., was the lead respondent in the... 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: Epic Games Won't Support SOPA

    Gears of War developer Epic Games says it does not support the current version of the Stop Online Piracy Act. "Epic Games supports efforts that would stop overseas websites profiting from pirating our games, but we have to do that in a way that's compatible with freedom of speech and due process... 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
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