Marketplace Innovation

Video game players like to customize their gameplay to create an individualized experience.  To meet that consumer need, our industry has pioneered ways to provide value to consumers through innovative monetization methods. Some games are sold, while others are free to play. Recently, the use of “loot boxes” as a monetization method has been called…

Esports

This high-growth industry sector is revolutionizing how consumers watch, follow, and engage in the video game ecosystem. Esports now generate worldwide viewership in the hundreds of millions, often exceeding the viewership of traditional sports. With this kind of momentum, the esports sector presents a major opportunity to create new jobs, spur economic growth, and encourage…

Right to Repair

These protections are undercut by so-called “right to repair” legislation, which would require manufacturers of consumer electronics – including video game console makers – to turn over sensitive tools, parts, and know-how to unauthorized repair facilities.  These types of mandates would introduce risks to consoles and to the secure video game ecosystems they enable.  In…

International Trade

Our industry relies on international markets for economic growth. That’s why we pursue trade policies that create a fair playing field for our products and services.  At their best, trade policies secure the protection and enforcement for intellectual property rights, the advancement of common-sense digital trade rules, and the establishment of free and fair access…

Violence

The U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Surgeon General are among the experts that reviewed the research on this issue and found no link between video games and violence.  Blaming video games for real-world violence is no more productive than blaming other forms of media for the content they depict. Still, to address concerns about…

Screen Time

Our industry is committed to helping our audiences make informed choices about the video games they play and the amount of time they play them. That’s why our industry offers the most comprehensive and robust tools to manage how long players enjoy video games. Our industry established the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) as a self-regulatory body…

Entertainment Software Association | Parental Controls & Regulations

Workforce Development

Access to talent is critical to video game development and technological innovation. The video game industry works to recruit and cultivate U.S.-based employees, but it needs more workers.  To keep those jobs in the United States, the federal immigration system must allow video game companies to attract and employ all the talent necessary to continue…

Entertainment Software Association | Workforce Development

Privacy

As technologies evolve and new products emerge, our industry understands that privacy needs will change as well. This is especially important as video gameplay expands to online environments.  Our industry treats the protection of consumer data and privacy as a top priority and provides transparency, choice, and control to enable informed decision-making by users. We…

Entertainment Software Association | Network Security

Intellectual Property

Our industry creates some of the best known and most compelling intellectual property in the world.  Strong intellectual property laws promote creativity and foster innovation.  Our industry relies on these laws to enhance the consumer experience, enforce rights, and recover investments in intellectual property. Because we are a global industry, we also seek strong intellectual…

Entertainment Software Association | IP Enforcement

First Amendment

The First Amendment has been fundamental to the growth of our industry. Free speech protections for video game developers and publishers have enabled our industry’s groundbreaking experiences in interactive entertainment. Calls to regulate video game content, whatever the reason, infringe upon this guaranteed right. In fact, in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association & Entertainment Software…

Entertainment Software Association | Free Speech

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