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  • 20Mar

    The rise of the video game design summer camp

    According to new research released today by the Entertainment Software Association (or ESA), there are more than 300 summer camps in the U.S. offering programs in video game design. At these camps, students generally take a one- or two-week course that teach a variety of design skills, like 3D mapping, or development for smartphones. Students can then bring home their projects on storage media. “With the nation’s renewed focus on STEM education, I’m encouraged to see a complementary growth in camps where students explore their personal interest in game design, learn valuable skills, and perhaps most important, have fun doing it,” said Rich Taylor, senior vice president for communications and industry affairs at the ESA. “Video games are increasingly acknowledged as innovative educational tools and video game design offers students great opportunities to develop the advanced math and problem-solving abilities they will need to achieve success and keep America competitive

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  • 15Dec

    ESA awards 30 scholarship grants for 2011-2012

    Thirty students, all women or minorities, will receive scholarship grants from the Entertainment Software Association Foundation for the 2011-2012 school year. The $3,000 scholarships were offered to students enrolled full-time at accredited four-year colleges and universities as well as graduating high school seniors who plan to go into fields necessary for video game creation, including graphic design, computer science, animation, computer programming, software engineering and digital entertainment. “ESA is proud to support the next generation of video game industry innovators. This year’s scholarship recipients have the talent and passion needed to succeed in our industry, and we are confident they will go on to create games that will entertain, educate and inspire,” said Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of the ESA, the trade association that represents U.S. computer and video game publishers. “These students will also play an important role in enhancing diversity among game developers, a critical factor

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  • 26Jul

    The Entertainment Software Association would like a few things covered now that the pesky Supreme Court business is over

    The Entertainment Software Association announced yesterday that they’d like to get reimbursed (to the tune of $1.1 million) for the attorneys’ fees incurred as a result of fighting the now permanently unconstitutional law regulating game sales. Taking a case through everything it needs to make it to the Supreme Court is pretty costly, turns out! “We look forward to moving forward and working together to raise awareness about the valuable tools and information available to parents,” said Michael D. Gallagher, CEO of the ESA. “From the start of this misguided legislation, then-Governor Schwarzenegger and specific California legislators knew that their efforts to censor and restrict expression were, as court after court ruled, unconstitutional and thus a waste of taxpayers’ money, government time, and state resources.” In its motion, the ESA said that “California persisted in defending a law that Plaintiffs warned the Legislature was unconstitutional before it was passed; that

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  • 02Nov

    Jennifer Mercurio: She’s geeky, she’s a gamer and she’s fighting for us

    If you haven’t figured it out yet, today is a very big deal for gamers in the United States, especially those of us who enjoy a little violence in our games. It’s not just Election Day – the Supreme Court of the United States is hearing The State of California vs. The Entertainment Merchants Association and Entertainment Software Association, and essentially deciding whether or not a large fine can be given to merchants who sell violent games to minors in California. Sure, “it’s just one state,” and “they’re just keeping violent games away from kids, what’s the harm in that?” You might not realize that there are a lot of problems with the law, and if it’s allowed to stand…well, the future of video games as an entertainment medium gets a lot bleaker. That’s why I’m glad we’ve got Jennifer (or “Jenn”) Mercurio on our side. A self-described “geeky smart

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  • 17Jun

    Check your calendars: E3 dates set for next year

    Want to go to E3 next year? Well, you’ve got a less than a year to get your travel plans set. The Entertainment Software Association announced today that next year’s E3 will be at the LA Convention Center from June 7-9, 2011. This year’s event had over 45,000 attendees and 300 exhibitors over the course of the three-day expo, so you can expect similar participation at next year’s event. “E3 Expo is the global stage for the interactive entertainment industry, and the 2010 show was reflective of our innovation, growth and vitality,” said Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of the ESA, the trade association that represents U.S. computer and video game publishers and owns the E3 Expo. “We are thrilled by the positive news generated by this year’s show, and we are looking forward to building on this great momentum for 2011.” Follow

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  • 07Apr

    Video Game Voters Gathering Steam to Start Protecting Gamers’ Rights

    Politicians have, over and over again, scapegoated video games. It’s politics. Feeding on the fears of people to get more votes. Some politicians feel that it’s necessary to distinguish video games from other media, like books and movies. They call them teaching tools, but never in a good way: Leland Yee, sponsor of a California ban on selling M-rated titles to children, has said in the past that they teach children “how to kill…to hurt people.” Those of us who think differently might want to start disagreeing with him immediately. Well, two California Supreme Courts have thought it necessary to disagree, as well. The ban’s been struck down twice and rejected as unconstitutional, but video game critics haven’t backed down yet – the Supreme Court of the United States may hear the case soon. The Video Game Voters Network, sponsored by the Entertainment Software Association, is designed to inform the

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  • 25Sep

    ESA Foundation Awards $90,000 to Aspiring Developers

    The Entertainment Software Association’s ESA Foundation has announced the 2009 winners for it’s scholarship program for women and minority students that are working toward a career in the computer and video game industry. 30 student video game developers will be receiving $3,000 each ($90,000) for the 2009-2010 academic year. “We are delighted to support these young men and women working to transform their passion for games into careers,” said Michael Gallagher, president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association. “We look forward to these awards enabling them to realize their dreams and become leaders in our innovative and artistic industry.” We want to congratulate all the winners especially GamingAngel Vainya! Way to go, congrats on winning the scholarship! If you’re a student, you can apply here for the 2010-2011 academic year. [source via Industry Gamers

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  • 23Jul

    ESA takes on the Chicago Transit Authority

    Video Games Voters Network is reporting that the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). The lawsuit alleges that CTA is violating the right to free speech as protected by the First Amendment to the US Constitution.  Earlier this year, the CTA banned advertisements for video games rated Mature 17+  (M) and Adults Only (AO). Follow

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  • 15Jul

    EA to host GLAAD panel this Saturday

    This Saturday, July 18 at 11am, EA is hosting an event for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) organization. GLAAD will be hosting a panel on Homophobia & Virtual Communities. The panel will spotlight key issues and perspectives from the gaming companies and LGBT gamers. Also the panel will discuss what is working, what’s not and how to address challenges and opportunities for the future. The event has an amazing list of panelists that have opinions and are very knowledgeable about the subject. They are: Flynn DeMarco (Alias: Fruite Brute), Founder of GayGamer.net Dan Hewitt, Senior Director of Communications & Industry Affairs for the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Caryl Shaw, Senior Producer in the Maxis Studio (Electronic Arts, Inc.) Cyn Skyberg, VP of Customer Relations at Linden Lab Stephen Toulouse (Gamertag: stepto), Program Manager for Policy and Enforcement on Microsoft’s XBox LIVE Moderator: Justin Cole, Director of Digital

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  • 04Jun

    Plan now for E3 2010

    E3 2009 was not only bigger than last year, but in many ways it was better. Our feet hurt, we have tons to write, the crowds made it difficult to get hands-on time with some games, but the positives outweigh the negatives. E3 2009 brought a sense of excitement and buzz that has been missing from the last two years. Members of the media were talking in the halls excitedly about what they had just seen. The most asked question was, “What is your favorite game from E3?” That dialogue was missing from the past two years. That excitement creates a buzz that helps the game industry as a whole. Someone walking through E3 would never guess that the US is in a recession because companies are still innovating and coming up with great games. The Entertainment Software Association announced that 2010 E3 Expo will take place at the Los

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