Following Activision and Vivendi out the door, LucasArts has made its exit from the Entertainment Software Association official.
GamePolitics broke the news last week that signs pointed to LucasArts leaving the organization which represents the interests of US video game publishers.
Since that time, both LucasArts and the ESA went into silent mode – until late today (Friday afternoons being the corporate mind’s preferred time for dropping bad news).
Despite giving the kiss-off to ESA, LucasArts says that it will still exhibit at E3 in July.
We should note that while working on this story no fewer than five LucasArts PR reps failed to return GP’s phone calls, e-mails and IM’s. The ESA also chose not to respond. Notice that nobody was denying the rumor. Obviously, there was a good reason for that.
Joystiq has the ESA’s press release, which the publisher’s group did not deign to send to GamePolitics. I assume that’s by way of payback for reporting the rumor.