ECA 500,000 Members Strong

February 8, 2011 -

The Entertainment Consumer Association announced a major milestone today: it hit the 500,000 member mark.

I'd like to congratulate the ECA for hitting this important milestone and thank them for creating a group that supports the interest of gamers.

The full release can be found below.

Entertainment Consumer Association (ECA) Reaches Over 500,000 Gamers Throughout North America

Non-profit Membership Organization for Gamers Celebrates Milestone with Half Million Mark

WILTON, CT – February 8, 2011 – The Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA), the non-profit membership organization that represents gamers, today announced that more than 500,000 have joined its active community and helped support the ECA’s mission of video game advocacy and education. In just over four years since the organization was formed, the ECA has steadily increased their population by ramping up their advocacy efforts, introducing new affinity benefits for members, and adding a wide variety of features for the gaming community. The ECA has many exciting new announcements in store this year and looks forward to serving even more video game consumers in 2011 and beyond.

"As someone who's been an avid gamer her entire life, it's exciting to see video games take their place alongside movies and music as a popular, mainstream form of entertainment and culture - but there's still work to be done. I'm honored to support the ECA in its mission of video games advocacy and education - and to help video game consumers' voices be heard," said Jessica Chobot, writer and host of online video content for IGN Entertainment, the world's leading gaming information brand.

“Perhaps the most important aspect of this announcement reflects the fact that gamers care, that the trade supports them and that non endemic companies and brands want to support gaming,” said Hal Halpin, President of the Entertainment Consumers Association. “It makes more people want to join and more partners want to be associated, which translates into even more member benefits... a self-perpetuating cycle. Truly, I couldn't be any more proud of our members, partners and staff.”

Established in October 2006, the ECA’s primary mission is to represent consumers of interactive entertainment in North America. Along with the grassroots advocacy efforts on behalf of gamers, the ECA is dedicated to providing a wealth of community benefits to its members. With a membership, gamers can connect with like-minded fans, explore career and educational opportunities in gaming, and more. Even better, by supporting the ECA, members instantly become part of an energized network of passionate, politically aware gamers.

For additional information on the ECA, including affinity benefits, member discounts and joining the association, please visit: www.theECA.com.

[Full Disclosure: GamePolitics is an ECA publication.]

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ZippyDSMleeAndrew Eisen:Right because shes prefect and never exaggerates... *rolls eyes*08/29/2014 - 12:53pm
SleakerAnd honestly, nearly all of the games she references, or images she depicts I've always cringed at and wondered why they were included in games to begin with, from pinups through explicit sexual depictions or direct abuse. I think it's cheap storytelling.08/29/2014 - 12:35pm
Sleaker@AE - aren't most people fundamentally misunderstanding her at this point? haha.. On a related note I think a lot of the backlash is coming from males that think she is telling them their 'Generic Male Fantasy' is bad and wrong.08/29/2014 - 12:33pm
Andrew EisenAnd no, I don't think the female community would be upset over the performance of a case study in and of itself. Possibly the mostivations behind such a study, the methodology or conclusions but not the mere idea of a case study.08/29/2014 - 12:29pm
Andrew EisenAmusingly, these videos aren't saying you can't/shouldn't use tropes or that sexual representations are inherently problematic so those are very silly things to have a problem with and indicate a fundamental misunderstanding of the series.08/29/2014 - 12:29pm
SleakerDo you think the female community would get extremely angry over a male doing a case study on the negative impact of sex-novels and their unrealistic depiction of males and how widespread they are in american culture?08/29/2014 - 12:25pm
SleakerThe other thing that people might find problematic is that they see no problem with sexual representations of females (or males) in games. And realistically, why is there anything wrong with sexual representations in fiction?08/29/2014 - 12:24pm
SleakerTo even discuss or bring up these issues at a cultural level to begin with. Going straight for games to many probably feels like a huge overstepping given that it's interactive story in many cases, and when you're telling a story why can't you use tropes.08/29/2014 - 12:21pm
SleakerI think a large part of the controversy stems from the idea that games aren't culture setters, but culture reactors, and simply depict what is already in culture. So people don't care that games use tropes or are blind to them because we've failed ...08/29/2014 - 12:20pm
AvalongodBesides, what better way to make her point for her than to respond to her opinion by behaving like a misogynistic asshole. Sure, it may be a troll account, but that doesn't make it "ok"08/29/2014 - 12:19pm
AvalongodWhether Sarkeesian is "right" or "wrong" is not relevant, neither she nor any other woman should have to expect that her opinion will be met with death threats or even just sexist language.08/29/2014 - 12:18pm
Andrew EisenOh, may as well. Zip, I challenge you to cite three specific examples from the TvW videos (use direct quotes and time stamps) and explain how/why they ring hollow or are over exaggerated.08/29/2014 - 11:56am
Andrew EisenZip - Bullies on both sides? What both sides? And of course bullies are worse than people who aren't bullies.08/29/2014 - 11:23am
Neeneko(2) yes, male tropes also have problems and gender studies looks at those too. But this highlights a privilage problem, the idea that if male issues are not brought up too female issues should not be discussed.08/29/2014 - 10:42am
Neeneko@ZippyDSMlee - jumping back (1) one can acknowledge systemic problems without requiring every male be a Neanderthal.08/29/2014 - 10:42am
MaskedPixelanteI don't like the new 3DS, mostly because it means there's a good chance future 3DS games won't be compatible with the current models.08/29/2014 - 9:30am
ConsterI don't get why Amazon decided to buy this "Twitch" fellow, really. It took him ages to beat Pokemon.08/29/2014 - 8:31am
ZippyDSMleeIt goes without saying that we need to et rid of the bullies on both sides that are far worse than Sarkeesian or Quin will ever be.08/29/2014 - 8:24am
ZippyDSMleeI'm talking more about the genreal movement and how silly it is, as for Sarkeesian half of what she is says rings hollw while the other half tend to be over exsagerated.08/29/2014 - 8:22am
Avalongod@Papa, agreed. I think people are reluctant to get involved if they're not the target. But I think we need to take responsibility as a community to confront harassing behavior, whether on gender or race.08/29/2014 - 7:23am
 

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