In a recent feature, Crispy Gamer named its Top 21 News Stories of 2008. Coming in at #16 was the series of member defections which plagued game publishers' trade group the ESA.
Hal Halpin, president of the Entertainment Consumers Association, commented:
I’m not sure that there’s a lot more I can add to what has already been said about the defecting companies or their impact on the [ESA] apart from that I do believe it will continue. Things have fundamentally changed in the past few years and the recession’s impact on the industry is far from over…
That fact alone could drive one or two more publishers to leave, given the rising dues costs. Having a strong association representing the industry is important for us all, so I hope that things will change for them in ’09… perhaps with the newly restructured E3.
The ESA began 2008 with 28 member companies, but will end the year with just 21. Exiting were: Activision, Vivendi, LucasArts, id, Codemasters, Crave, and NCsoft.
FULL DISCLOSURE DEPT: The Entertainment Consumers Association is the parent company of GamePolitics.