The Entertainment Software Association, the pressure arm of the video game industry that also oversees the media content rating system, confirmed today that it will actually meet with President Donald Trump this week, according to Rolling Stone. The meeting, which will include debates on violent games and gun violence in the real world, will take place on Thursday, March 8. It can include representatives of the world's largest video game publishers and developers.
The ESA, which states that there is no scientifically proven link between video games and violent crime or behavior, includes the representation of Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony, Take-Two Interactive, Warner Bros. Entertainment and Ubisoft, among others. . It is not clear at this time which companies plan to send representatives to the White House.
The video game industry says there is no proven link between violent games and real crime
Last week, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders shook the gaming community when she said Trump had planned a meeting with the industry to analyze the links between video game consumption and the commission of violence in the game. real world. The comment was specifically related to the evolution of Trump's response and was sometimes confusing to the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last month, which has reignited the debate on gun control and violent media. At that time, neither ESA nor the largest US gaming companies had apparently become aware of the alleged meeting with Trump.
Although Trump has not definitively stated that he believes violent games or other media leads people to commit acts such as school shootings, he has pointed to games as "shaping the thoughts of young people" and added that "we have to do something about what maybe I'm seeing and how they're seeing it. " It is unclear whether Trump, or people close to the president, believe that the industry needs potentially unconstitutional regulations or simply stronger content warnings. To complicate matters, the National Rifle Association and other pro-weapons groups tend to use violent means as a way to deflect criticism of gun control and prevent legislation related to access to firearms.
In a statement issued today, ESA finally confirmed the existence of the meeting and its plans to attend. The company's full statement says it is a strong defense of video games, which are specially protected by the First Amendment after a major Supreme Court ruling of 2011 designated games as art with the same protections as film, television, books and other forms of artistic expression. Here is the statement in its entirety:
Video games are enjoyed all over the world and numerous authorities and renowned scientific studies have found no connection between games and real-life violence. Like all Americans, we are deeply concerned about the level of armed violence in the United States. Video games are not clearly the problem: entertainment is distributed and consumed globally, but EE. UU It has an exponentially higher level of violence with weapons than any other nation. The next meeting in the White House, which will be attended by ESA, will provide the opportunity to have a fact-based conversation about video game ratings, our industry's commitment to parents and the tools we provide to choose informed entertainment.