WASHINGTON – February 23, 2021 – The Entertainment Software Association issued the following statement in response to legislation (HB3531) introduced this week by Illinois state representative Marcus C. Evans:

“While our industry understands and shares the concerns about what has been happening in Chicago, there simply is no evidence of a link between interactive entertainment and real-world violence. We believe the solution to this complex problem resides in examining thoroughly the actual factors that drive such behaviors rather than erroneously ascribing blame to video games based solely upon speculation.”

Learn more here and in our Essential Facts About Video Games and Violence resource.

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The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) serves as the voice and advocate for the U.S. video game industry and offers a wide range of services to its member 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 the ESA’s website or follow the ESA on Twitter @theESA.

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