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10:30 AM on 08.27.2013

Your MOM plays videogames

No, really. She probably does. Mine does. In fact, new research released today by the Entertainment Software Association says that 74 percent of moms are gamers.  The "Mom Gamers Study: A New Generation of Gamer" found t...

Dale North


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10:00 AM on 07.08.2013

Activision joins ESA again after five years away

The Entertainment Software Association just sent word that mega companies Activision Blizzard and Tencent have joined their group. They're now 37 strong. I'm sure you'll remember that Activision bailed in a big way back ...

Dale North

11:00 AM on 05.16.2013

Study claims piracy isn't as bad as publishers tell you

The Electronic Software Association will tell you piracy is so bad, 10 million nefarious downloads of 200 games can happen in a single month. According to an independent study, the ESA might be overestimating by a c...

Jim Sterling

9:30 PM on 04.16.2013

Summer game design programs increase in popularity

New data put forth by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) shows a promising increase in the availability and popularity of videogame design programs within U.S. summer camps. With more than 100 camps and 690 programs...

Taylor Stein

8:45 PM on 02.05.2013

E3 to hold a college game competition

A new program launched by the ESA for E3 will have the best student games showcased at this year's show. The E3 College Game Competition lets an institution with a game program submit one game representing their college,...

Dale North

1:30 PM on 10.29.2012

ESA raises $800,000 at 15th annual Nite to Unite

The Entertainment Software Association Foundation raked in $822,000 at its 15th annual Nite to Unite for Kids game industry black tie event this past October 18 in San Francisco. These funds go into ESAF's grant and scholarsh...

Dale North

6:30 PM on 10.17.2012

ESA Foundation awards $90,000 in scholarships

30 lucky students were awarded $3,000 each for the 2012-2013 academic year by the Entertainment Software Association Foundation to help them become amazing innovators in the entertainment software industry. The winning studen...

Victoria Medina

3:00 PM on 08.22.2012

Infinity Blade studio does Obama/Romney fight simulator

[Update: It's gone live early and is available now.] Usually, cute little games in which political opponents fight each other are the realm of Flash-based site ads, not well-known development studios. ChAIR, however, has deci...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 07.30.2012

E3 confirmed to remain in Los Angeles until 2015

During this year's E3, it was reported that the Electronic Software Association was considering a new city in which to host the famous trade show. After it was discovered that the organization had big news for us on...

Jim Sterling

10:30 AM on 01.26.2012

California to pay ESA $950,000 for failed case legal fees

California tried to establish unconstitutional regulations on videogames and failed miserably. Brown v. ESA had the Court voting 7-2 to Alpha Counter a 2005 California law that would put an unlawful lock on game distribution....

Dale North



ESA pulls support for SOPA and PIPA, shrugs nonchalantly photo
ESA pulls support for SOPA and PIPA, shrugs nonchalantly
by Dale North

The Entertainment Software Association has released a new statement regarding SOPA and PIPA now that we've stirred things around a bit. And would you look at that: the support for these proposals have been pulled. 

From the beginning, ESA has been committed to the passage of balanced legislation to address the illegal theft of intellectual property found on foreign rogue sites. Although the need to address this pervasive threat to our industry's creative investment remains, concerns have been expressed about unintended consequences stemming from the current legislative proposals. Accordingly, we call upon Congress, the Obama Administration, and stakeholders to refocus their energies on producing a solution that effectively balances both creative and technology interests. As an industry of innovators and creators, we understand the importance of both technological innovation and content protection and are committed to working with all parties to encourage a balanced solution.

Compare that to what the ESA said earlier this month when they pledged support for SOPA. Nice moves, gents. Not wishy-washy at all!  I take it you weren't liking the idea of an E3 boycott. 

So what happened here? Did the ESA get scared? Or did they wimp out after SOPA/PIPA were shelved. Or! Or maybe the finally saw the full potential impact of these proposals. Hmm. Nah.

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10:15 AM on 01.17.2012

ESA spent $190,000 to support PIPA lobbyists

The Entertainment Software Association has come under heavy criticism for its express support of SOPA, but recent detective work has uncovered a far sleazier transgression -- Kotaku reports that the ESA spent a reported $190,...

Jim Sterling

7:00 PM on 01.13.2012

Developers of Firefall, Minecraft to join SOPA blackouts

At this rate, January 18 is going to be a very productive day. Two more notable gaming companies that feel passionately enough about the Internet to shut down their sites for a day are joining the fight against SOPA and PIPA....

Jordan Devore

8:00 AM on 01.13.2012

nVidia 'not consulted' on ESA's support of SOPA

Graphics card kingpin nVidia has joined the disappointingly small ranks of ESA members voicing public criticism of SOPA. The company said that, while it doesn't like piracy, it was not consulted when the trade organization it...

Jim Sterling

6:45 PM on 01.12.2012

Destructoid joins PIPA/SOPA Blackout Protest on 18th

When your kids say "Where were you when the government made the internet lame?" you'll hopefully respond with unflinching certainty: "raising hell." On January 18th members of the House Committee will be discussing PIPA/SOPA ...

Niero Gonzalez



SOPA opposition finds its way to VGVN Facebook page photo
SOPA opposition finds its way to VGVN Facebook page
by Jim Sterling

The Facebook page of the Video Game Voters Network has been inundated with comments from anti-SOPA gamers, doing their part to point out the hypocrisy of its free speech advocacy. 

The comments followed Destructoid's own open letter to the ESA, where the two-faced nature of the trade organization's first amendment interests were pointed out. The letter in question has already been posted on the VGVN's Wall more than once, and I'm proud to say I recognize a fair few of the names leaving messages. 

Unsurprisingly, I encourage you all to join in. The VGVN has attempted to remain completely silent on the SOPA issue, and while it continues to champion free speech, its position is a voice for politically minded gamers is absolutely untenable. It simply cannot claim to represent the interests of gamers while owned by a group that supports SOPA. That is a matter of fact. 

Please, if you use Facebook, give the VGVN a piece of your mind.

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