January 27, 2018
WASHINGTON — January 26, 2018 — Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), which represents the US video game industry, issued the following statement in response to S.2344 introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT):
“A pro-growth H-1B visa program is a critical part of our nation’s economic, technological, and creative development. Sen. Hatch’s proposal is a forward-thinking approach to continuing the expansion of America’s world-class, high-skilled workforce. Adding these prospective jobs will complement existing jobs that drove the US video game industry to record economic growth in 2017, and will ensure that our industry’s diversity reflects that of our truly global consumer base. We strongly encourage Congress and the President to support Senator Hatch’s bill and ensure that the H-1B visa program remains an essential element of our national talent pipeline.”
ESA offers a wide range of services to interactive entertainment software companies, 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 ESA’s website or follow ESA on Twitter @theESA or @ESAGovAffairs.