The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) is an organization that represents video game companies over at the United States. A few days ago, the US games industry trade group today announced the addition of 6 different video game publishers. 3 of them are returning to the ESA after a departure while other 3 are completely new.
For those unaware the ESA organizes events such as E3 and oversees organisms like the ESRB. Not only that, but the ESA also has plenty of top video game publishers as part of its association. In fact, some of the members include Electronic Arts, Nintendo, Bandai-Namco, Take-Two Interactive, and others.
SEGA, THQ Nordic, Riot Games, and other 3 Companies Join the ESA
The trade group has announced that game companies like SEGA, THQ Nordic, Riot Games, Intellivision Entertainment, Natsume Inc., and Wizards of the Coast will join the ESA. However, some of these companies were actually former members of the group itself a few years ago.
SEGA of America broke off the ESA after a significant restructuring back in 2015. Meanwhile, companies like THQ Nordic and Natsume Inc. left the ranks of the ESA for shorter periods of time. However, all three companies will be rejoining the group once again.
“We are stronger as an industry when the most innovative video game companies come together to champion the positive impact of video games before policymakers around the country.” acting ESA President and CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis said. “We look forward to working with our expanding membership to leverage their support of a unified industry that shares ideas, engages with policymakers, and nurtures the next generation of creators.”
Some gamers might actually be intrigued by the inclusion of Wizards of the Coast and Intellivision. In fact, the company is known for producing tabletop games and card games. Meanwhile, Intellivision Entertainment continues working on a new 2D Console that will make its debut in 2020.
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