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Obama administration teams up with the ESA on fitness promotion

For all its talk of "putting down the video games and getting outside," it looks like President Barack Obama's administration is lightening its past rhetoric and embracing video games. Well, at least some video games – what it's calling "active video games." Think Wii Fit, Just Dance, and...

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California out nearly $2 million on failed video game legislation

When California agreed to foot the Entertainment Software Association's $950,000 legal bill accrued during its deconstruction of Brown v. EMA, we estimated the state's cumulative payout to the ESA at around $1,327,000. Once you factor in the state's own legal costs, however, California's total...

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ESA spent over $1m last quarter, partially for SOPA/PIPA lobbying

Between October 1 and December 31, 2011, when the Entertainment Software Association wasn't having its quartet of lobbyists pushing lawmakers on subjects such as international trade, constitutional rights, immigration policy, and STEM initiatives, it was petitioning in favor of...

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California to pay ESA $950,000 over failed game bill

The State of California has agreed to reimburse the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) $950,000 in legal fees for fighting Brown v. EMA up to the Supreme Court. The state must have brought in its top negotiators to get the original request for $1.1 million reduced. Including reimbursements...

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ESA withdraws support for SOPA

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) -- or, more accurately, its membership -- has decided to withdraw support for the ailing "Stop Online Piracy Act" (SOPA). The move comes as both SOPA and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) continue to lose momentum. "From the beginning, ESA has...

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ESA members asked individually about SOPA, some respond

Rock, Paper, Shotgun collaborated in obtaining responses. The Entertainment Software Association's support of the "Stop Online Piracy Act" has led us to ask every member of the video game industry's lobbying and political group to publicly declare its stance on the bill. The ESA's...

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ESA member Epic Games speaks out against SOPA [Update: So do 38 Studios and Trion]

Epic Games, developer of the Gears of War series and member of the Entertainment Software Association, last night came out against the proposed "Stop Online Piracy Act" (SOPA). "We do not support the current version of SOPA," Epic Games senior PR manager Dana Cowley wrote in a public letter...

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ESA wants $1.1 million reimbursement from California for SCOTUS battle

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has filed for a $1.1 million reimbursement for attorneys' fees from the State of California for fighting Brown v. EMA. The ESA's argument for reimbursement: "California persisted in defending a law that Plaintiffs warned the Legislature was...

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Victory lap: ESA responds to Supreme Court decision

After battling the state of California since 2005, the Entertainment Software Association met the Supreme Court's historic decision today to classify video games as protected speech with both great joy and, we imagine, a tinge of sadness. During a press call this afternoon, ESA prez Michael...

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ESA 2011 'Essential Facts' note rise in women, adult gamers

The Entertainment Software Association's annual (dry name alert!) "Essential Facts About the Computer and Video Game Industry" [PDF link] is available now for public perusal. The latest report shows a slight increase in the average age of game players, inching closer to a midlife crisis age of 37...

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