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Games in America survey

Half of America plays games: Statistics from ESA's industry report


The average player is older than Jesus
Apr 15
The Entertainment Software Association has released its yearly findings charting gaming in America through surveys of 4,000 American households. 155 million people in America reportedly play games. That's close to 50% of the ... read

New ESA survey reveals 59% of Americans play videogames


68% play on consoles
Apr 29
The Entertainment Software Association has released their latest survey results pertaining to the US gaming audience. Highlights from the survey include that 59% of Americans play videogames, with 68% of the audience playing ... read

Your MOM plays videogames


New study says most moms game
Aug 27
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... read

Activision joins ESA again after five years away


Tencent joins as well
Jul 08
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 ... read

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


Shocker, the ESA cannot be trusted!
May 16
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... read
Videogame camp

Summer game design programs increase in popularity


When did camp become so cool?
Apr 16
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... read

E3 to hold a college game competition


Winners to be featured at show
Feb 05
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,... read

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


2013 beneficiaries announced
Oct 29
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... read

ESA Foundation awards $90,000 in scholarships


Giving money to deserving youth
Oct 17
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... read

Infinity Blade studio does Obama/Romney fight simulator


Aug 22
[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... read

E3 confirmed to remain in Los Angeles until 2015


Jul 30
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... read

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


Jan 26
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.... read

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.&n... read feature

ESA spent $190,000 to support PIPA lobbyists


Jan 17
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,... read

Developers of Firefall, Minecraft to join SOPA blackouts


Jan 13
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.... read

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


Jan 13
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... read

Destructoid joins PIPA/SOPA Blackout Protest on 18th


Jan 12
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 ... read

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... read feature


Destructoid officially stood against the Stop Online Piracy Bill last week, to a round of applause from its readers. The message seems to be that you care about stomping on this horrible little bill as much as we do. With tha... read feature

Capcom has 'not stated any stance' on SOPA


Jan 05
Capcom has clarified statements made yesterday concerning the ESA and its support of SOPA, claiming that while the ESA (and its explicit support) represents the publisher, the company itself does not have an official opinion ... read

Hey Capcom ...


Jan 05
Who's going to stream all those fighting games for you if SOPA takes down the livestream sites? Just asking ... read

Capcom statement backs ESA support of SOPA


Jan 04
You may recall that, last week, a number of high-profile publishers quietly backed away from the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) currently under consideration in the US House of Representatives. It was quickly pointed out th... read

Office Chat: The ESA is a smoke screen for SOPApillas


Jan 04
It's time again to join us for another casual conversation from Destructoid's virtual office. In this installment, Dale North struggles against incredible adversity in the forms of serious-minded Twitter users and a neighbor... read

Recently, we've been chatting quite a bit about the Entertainment Software Association, and its involvement with SOPA. The ESA is a trade association, looking after the interests of videogames while pretending to fight for fr... read feature

ESA still fully backs SOPA, issues statement of support


Jan 03
The Entertainment Software Association has addressed recent discussion of its involvement with SOPA, confirming to Joystiq that it has no intention of withdrawing support. The controversial bill, which maintains growing popul... read

Dear Entertainment Software Association, Last year, when free speech in the videogame industry was threatened, you asked for help from gamers. The famous Brown v. EMA/ESA case provided a landmark ruling that protected vi... read feature

Study links games to mental health problems in children


Jan 14
Ok, are you ready for this? The Entertainment Software Association has pre-emptively criticized a soon to be published study by Douglas Gentile which supposedly shows a link between gaming habits and mental health problems fo... read

Chicago Public Transit forced to allow M-rated game ads


Jan 09
The law is sometimes a slow and ponderous beast, but it eventually makes up its mind. Way back at the end of 2008, the Chicago Public Transit system banned M-rated games from being advertised on the sides of buses and the lik... read

68% of households play videogames


Jun 02
That's a pretty high number, right? The ESA recently completed a study called 'Essential Facts About the Computer and Video Game Industry 2009' that looked at the demographics of those playing video games and how they've chan... read

Crave, Koei and PlayLogic join the ESA


Apr 27
Things didn't look so good for the ESA last year, with major companies such as NCSoft and LucasArts abandoning ship and all the not-so-hot feedback about E3. The ESA obviously saw the need to make a change, and this the annou... read

Yes, seriously. In what may be the most arbitrary and silly decision yet made by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board, Destructoid has been asked to remove a launch trailer we posted for Ninja Gaiden II in May 2008. Despi... read feature

ESA celebrates the Pirate Bay convictions


Apr 20
You must surely be aware by now that the founders of popular file-sharing site The Pirate Bay have recently been convicted of breaking copyright law and are due to be imprisoned for one year. Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm... read






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