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


The average player is older than Jesus
Apr 15
// Steven Hansen
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 ...
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New ESA survey reveals 59% of Americans play videogames


68% play on consoles
Apr 29
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
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 ...
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Your MOM plays videogames


New study says most moms game
Aug 27
// Dale North
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...
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Activision joins ESA again after five years away


Tencent joins as well
Jul 08
// Dale North
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 ...

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


Shocker, the ESA cannot be trusted!
May 16
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Summer game design programs increase in popularity


When did camp become so cool?
Apr 16
// Taylor Stein
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...
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E3 to hold a college game competition


Winners to be featured at show
Feb 05
// Dale North
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,...
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ESA raises $800,000 at 15th annual Nite to Unite


2013 beneficiaries announced
Oct 29
// Dale North
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...
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ESA Foundation awards $90,000 in scholarships


Giving money to deserving youth
Oct 17
// Victoria Medina
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...
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Infinity Blade studio does Obama/Romney fight simulator


Aug 22
// Jim Sterling
[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...
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E3 confirmed to remain in Los Angeles until 2015


Jul 30
// Jim Sterling
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...
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California to pay ESA $950,000 for failed case legal fees


Jan 26
// Dale North
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....
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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...

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ESA spent $190,000 to support PIPA lobbyists


Jan 17
// Jim Sterling
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,...
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Developers of Firefall, Minecraft to join SOPA blackouts


Jan 13
// Jordan Devore
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....
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nVidia 'not consulted' on ESA's support of SOPA


Jan 13
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Destructoid joins PIPA/SOPA Blackout Protest on 18th


Jan 12
// Niero Desu
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 ...
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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...

Hate SOPA? Tell the ESA and its members!

Jan 07 // Jim Sterling
A letter for the ESA Dear Entertainment Software Association, Last year, when free speech in the videogame industry was threatened, you asked for help from gamers. The famous Brown vs. EMA/ESA case provided a landmark ruling that protected videogame content under the First Amendment. You appealed to gamers for their support and coverage, and many gamers rallied around the industry. Now, when free speech at large is threatened, you not only refuse to fight the threat, you actually join forces with it. You operate a group that claims to protect free speech -- the Videogame Voters Network -- and pretend to champion the rights of gamers, but until you stop supporting the Stop Online Piracy Bill, that's all the VGVN is -- a pretense. It is hypocrisy on a most despicable level to continue supporting SOPA after asking gamers to fight for the rights of the game industry. You are sending the message that you want exclusive freedom for your stable of publishers, while the freedom of others means nothing. You are sending the message that the ESA is an organization that begs for help from a community, only to abandon and betray that community at the earliest convenience. It is a terrible message to send to the countless gamers that supported you in the past, and who deeply love the entertainment produced by those you represent. You have told us that you wish to protect free speech. If you do, then please discontinue your support of a bill that could damage it so recklessly. As other companies dissolve their allegiance with this poorly written, glaringly broken bill, I ask you to do the same and to do for the Internet what you asked the Internet to do for you. Faithfully,A Concerned Gamer. A letter for publishers To Whom It May Concern, As you may already know, the Stop Online Piracy Act is currently attempting to steamroll its way into law. This vaguely written bill claims to want to protect American intellectual property, but its potential to significantly damage the Internet as we know it is too great to blindly support, no matter your stance on piracy. You are a member of the Entertainment Software Association, which means you support this bill regardless of your own individual sentiment (or lack thereof). Yes, theft of intellectual property is an issue, but aligning with SOPA is not the way to go. SOPA will allow corporations to force websites offline with very little due process, and could make felons of users who share content in even the most benign of ways. A chilling effect could be seen across the Internet, as important social networking sites like Twitter, Reddit and YouTube become directly threatened and creative individuals grow to fear the invisible boundaries placed around them. Jobs will be at stake in one of the most dynamic and successful sectors of this nation's economy. Internet service providers oppose this bill. Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, Mozilla and the Wikimedia Foundation all oppose this bill. More importantly, developers in the games industry, not to mention millions of gamers around the world, oppose this bill. I am one of them. I love videogames, and I love this industry, but I also love the Internet and what it has become. It pains me that the industry I love wants to threaten the Internet, and freedom of speech at large. I like to think better of this industry and of you. As a videogame publisher, there is no doubt that your own marketing departments have utilized the Internet to promote your products -- be it via social networks such as Twitter, videos on YouTube, or even live streaming games through sites like Twitch TV. I fear many companies do not understand that SOPA could work counter to their own interests, as these wonderful methods of advertising and communication come under fire. By supporting SOPA, even indirectly, you could be cutting your own legs out from under you. I ask, humbly, that you therefore raise awareness of this bill among fellow ESA members, and help us pressure the ESA into withdrawing its support. As SOPA's allegiances continue to dissolve in the face of overwhelming popular opposition, we ask that you do the right thing and help protect the freedom of your customers, as well as preserve the open, creative, dynamic nature of the Internet. It is doubtful that SOPA will significantly harm piracy. What is less doubtful is the harm it could do to everybody else, no matter what side of the debate they occupy. Thank you,A Concerned Gamer  A list of contact details for the ESA and its members (I tried to find as many email addresses as possible, but substituted contact pages for those without. If you have more contact details, let me know and I can edit them in! I did my best to find good details, but I know we can find more) http://epicgames.com/about/contact/http://shop.capcom.com/store/capcomus/Content/pbPage.CapcomSupporthttp://level5ia.com/contact/https://support.microsoft.com/contactus/emailcontact.aspx?scid=sw;en;1539&ws=corpinfo http://www.nintendo.com/consumer/webform.jsp http://www.nival.com/us/contacts/bizdev/#!/us/contacts/bizdev/ http://www.pwe-inc.com/contact http://www.nvidia.com/object/tesla_assistance.html http://www.slang.vg/contact.html http://us.playstation.com/support/ask/ http://support.na.square-enix.com/index.phphttp://www.take2games.com/contact/ http://support.thq.com/thq/consumer/question.asp [email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@xseedmarketing.com And of course ... [email protected]
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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...

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Capcom has 'not stated any stance' on SOPA


Jan 05
// Jim Sterling
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 ...
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Hey Capcom ...


Jan 05
// Jim Sterling
Who's going to stream all those fighting games for you if SOPA takes down the livestream sites? Just asking ...
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Capcom statement backs ESA support of SOPA


Jan 04
// Conrad Zimmerman
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...
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Office Chat: The ESA is a smoke screen for SOPApillas


Jan 04
// Conrad Zimmerman
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...

ESA bad, ECA good

Jan 04 // Jim Sterling
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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...

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ESA still fully backs SOPA, issues statement of support


Jan 03
// Jim Sterling
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...

An open letter to the ESA

Jan 02 // Jim Sterling
P.S. In using an image of Starscream for a blog header, I could risk becoming a felon. What fun!
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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...

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Study links games to mental health problems in children


Jan 14
// Maurice Tan
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...
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Chicago Public Transit forced to allow M-rated game ads


Jan 09
// Matthew Razak
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...
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68% of households play videogames


Jun 02
// Aerox
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...
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Crave, Koei and PlayLogic join the ESA


Apr 27
// Colette Bennett
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...

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