New Game Industry Advocacy Group Launches

April 16, 2009 -

A new video game advocacy group has been stepped onto the scene.

The Entertainment Media Council, created last year, but officially launched this week, is led by CEO Morgan Ramsay (left). Ramsay formerly served as head of the San Diego chapter of the International Game Developers Association.

A press release on the EMC website offers some details of the group's mission:

Entertainment Media Council is pursuing a broad agenda for advancing the interactive entertainment business in the United States.

“With interactive entertainment in the midst of a sea change, the need for a navigator is more pronounced than ever,” said Morgan Ramsay, president and chief executive officer at Entertainment Media Council. “We are embarking on a mission to solve the most challenging problems facing the industry today.”

Entertainment Media Council will harness the collective intelligence of an inclusive assembly of entrepreneurs and corporate leaders to support and focus on entrepreneurship, organizational innovation, social responsibility, environmental sustainability, professional diversity, and globalization.

As to video game industry experience, Ramsay's LinkedIn Profile says that he "held roles" at Sony Online Entertainment and SCEA.

Gamasutra reports that EMC will seek start-up capital from corporate sponsors and private investors.


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Re: New Game Industry Advocacy Group Launches

Sorry but I have to ask.  We need this guy and his org.  why?

Re: New Game Industry Advocacy Group Launches

Whilst it's always good to see fresh thinking join the fray, I only have a limited memory for acronyms...

Re: New Game Industry Advocacy Group Launches

Why are there no whites in Ramsay's eyes?

Re: New Game Industry Advocacy Group Launches

I see Hurley from "Lost".  Anybody else?

Re: New Game Industry Advocacy Group Launches

So noone will shoot him.

"Don't fire till you see the whites of their eyes."

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Re: New Game Industry Advocacy Group Launches

Not a guy I'd want to meet in an alley, especially if he was giving me that look, and holding a picture frame over the rest of his face.

Re: New Game Industry Advocacy Group Launches

And what's with the beard but no moustache? The only one I've ever seen successfully pull that look off is Abe Lincoln.

Re: New Game Industry Advocacy Group Launches

Well, they have Greg Boyd and Cindy Armstrong on board, so it's a good start. Best of luck to them.

-- Dan "SWATJester" Rosenthal; Executive Director, http://www.gameslaw.net

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Re: New Game Industry Advocacy Group Launches

EMC joins the brawl!  -Super Smash Bros. announcer on EMC.

It´s a conspirancy, I tell you! They are after me. -Jack Thompson on EMC.

 

I really hope they got a more aggresive aproach than the ECA on videogames issues.

 

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As noble as the goals are, I can see plenty of gamers immediately writing off the CEO as an idiot since his experience came from SOE.

I don't see how an advocacy group will help spread innovation within the industry. We have developers taking risks, it is just they aren't marketed well or gamers just won't bite and part of that is the fact that the customers that would dig that stuff, is in a minority.

Also, with these tough times, I don't see how they'll be able to stay afloat with funding like that... I think most investors wouldn't bother.

Re: New Game Industry Advocacy Group Launches

"I don't see how an advocacy group will help spread innovation within the industry."

Entertainment Media Council is more of a hybrid association, combining elements of trade associations and professional societies. We're also more interested in the innovation of organizations, business models, and the processes used to deliver value to consumers than the creation of new products. While product innovation is an inevitable result of our work, it's not our focus. We're concerned with the business side of the industry, such as governance, finance, marketing, operations, etc.

Re: New Game Industry Advocacy Group Launches

Hey how things are sold and distributioned to the populace is something in bad need of innovation... the current way games are made(to much overhead) mediocre balance in profit taken in.... DLC might make things better if you get back to polishing the products set development cycles longer and allow a 2nd lesser paid team do some of the bug work and polish over the year after the game is released  so the main team can start the next product and release non critical content (like game of the year edition style upgrades to control,features,content,cheats,ect) as a whole expansion for 30 or in parts for 2$ a pop that amounts to 2 or 3 times the whole package price.

 

I mean putting out  DLC without fixing and finishing/polishing the Gdamn games(Starwars unleashed,Bioshock,ect,ect,ect) is just plain bad and has forced me and others not only to ignore DLC but get away from modern gaming.

 


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