GamePolitics Joins the ECA

October 25, 2006 -
We've got some big news today!

GamePolitics.com has been acquired by the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA), the innovative consumer group for gamers launched recently by former IEMA president Hal Halpin. 

As GP editor and founder, I'm proud to be associated with Hal's new organization, which is designed to be the voice of today's video game consumer. Here at GamePolitics we've always had a consumer-oriented outlook, but until now, there was no organized group to fight for gamers and their interests. With the launch of the ECA, gamers now have someone to watch their backs.

As far as content, readers shouldn't expect to see any difference in GP's daily features. I'll be staying on as GamePolitics editor, and we'll have the same in-depth coverage of legislative, political and cultural issues that you've come to expect from GamePolitics. Of course, we've also got great resources like the Legislation Tracker, forums and much more. Look for some new features upcoming as well!

The ECA is issuing a press release today that addresses both the GamePolitics acquisition as well as a new partnership with NCsoft and its PlaySmart public service program which is designed to educate consumers on personal safety and privacy for online gamers, especially children.

The San Jose Mercury-News' Dean & Nooch game blog has more. So does Gamasutra. And GameSpot.  And this one from Kotaku that I'm not so crazy about...

Comments

Fair enough, Dennis. I'll be watching the ECA with interest, and you won't be losing me as a reader and commenter unless someday I see a real breach of journalistic integrity. Even then you won't lose me as a commenter: I'll just be a lot more strident about it ;)

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Congratulations.
I think the ECA could end up being one of the most important steps forward for the video game consumer. It's about time that we realised that we spend billions of dollars on games each year, and we should have a voice to represent our interests. I encourage everyone to get behind the cause.
That said, I wonder what is being done for international gamers. This organisation (I make no apologies for my Australian spelling) seems very US-centric, even down to the game discounts etc. Most of my gripes with the industry are with Australian retailers/politicians/distributors. I have recently thought of looking into setting up an Australian equivalent (you should see how much we pay for games over here, it's disgusting), but I don't have the finances to go about working on such an enormous project.

Um, what everyone else said...

I'm a biased reader, as are most people here, but I like to see unbiased reporting, as much as possible. I know that GP has in general been slightly biased against the legislators, but I can only hope that it won't become more so. The debate runs a tad deeper than Gamers = Good Guys, Legislators = Bad Guys, and I hope the news here continues to reflect that. Dennis has assured us that it's business as usual, and I guess we have to take him on his word, but I hope that if the reporting does become more biased, then the readers (whether they agree with Dennis' viewpoints or not) will call him on it.

All that said, congrats. :o)

Sounds like good news to me, congratulations Dennis...now, any word on whether the ECA is US only or can us across the ponders join in?

Good to hear, backup is always a nice bonus :D
Oh noes! The angry politicians have seized the east side!
Reinforcements in :10
Huzzah!
*/Clever DoD referance*

Congrats, Dennis! That's fantastic news!!!

Niiice.

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Andrew EisenPlus, with Nintendo carrying the Wii U almost all by itself, it could help plug one of the unfortunately inevitable release schedule gaps.08/01/2014 - 3:23pm
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