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Entertainment Software Association Wins People’s Voice Webby Award for New Website

The United State of Video Games receives ‘Internet’s Highest Honor’ for Best Association Website.

Washington, DC – April 27, 2017 – The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) received the People’s Voice Webby Award in the Best Association Website category for its website www.areweinyourstate.org. The United State of Video Games site features an interactive map of the United States showing the reach of the video game ecosystem, including the number and geographic location of video game companies and college video game design programs, as well as the number of video game advocates in every state. Users can explore the data at state and Congressional district levels, and can engage with their Congressional representatives to share information about the importance of the video game industry.

The website is the result of a comprehensive two-year research initiative and builds upon ESA’s recently released report on the video game industry’s contributions to the U.S. economy, Video Games in the 21st Century: The 2017 Report.

“We’re thrilled to see our site win this award. We’re very proud of how it illustrates—particularly to policymakers—the impact of the video game industry across the nation, often in places that people don’t usually associate with the creative tech economy. It is an honor to be recognized in this way, and I am grateful to everyone who voted for the site and made this award possible,” said Erik Huey, Senior Vice President for Government Affairs at ESA. “In addition to being a fun way to learn about the video game companies and video game design schools in your state, the site is a great tool for civic engagement. We know that video gamers are a very energized and motivated group of voters. ESA is proud to provide creative tools like this site to help ensure that their voices will always be heard on the issues that matter to them.”

ESA partnered with Terra Eclipse, a web and mobile application development and design firm, to develop the award-winning site. Widely recognized as “The Internet’s Highest Honor,” The Webby Awards recognizes excellence on the internet across multiple categories. Two awards are given in each category – The Webby Award and The Webby People’s Voice Award. While members of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) select the winners of The Webby Awards, The Webby People’s Voice is awarded by the voting public.

ESA offers a wide range of services to interactive entertainment software publishers, including conducting business and consumer research, providing legal and policy analysis and advocacy on First Amendment, intellectual property and technology/e-commerce issues, managing a global content protection program, owning and operating E3 and representing video game industry interests in federal and state government relations. For more information, visit www.theESA.com or follow on Twitter at @RichatESA or @ESAGovAffairs.

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