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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quiknkold2 to 3 or more09/19/2014 - 6:53am
quiknkoldMichael Chandra : I'll say this. The only reason they havent used another hashtag is because it would look like a form of dividing the arguement. Using another Hashtag has come up, and they feel like if they made a new hashtag, it'll split the debate from09/19/2014 - 6:53am
Michael ChandraYou want a debate? Build a wall between you and the poisoned well. Make clear you despise it, despise the behaviour. Then get into the other issues you are troubled with, and don't say a single word again about the poisoned well.09/19/2014 - 3:46am
Michael ChandraAnd someone claiming #notyourshield was to be taken serious, when chatlogs show they wanted it going to hide even more harassment behind? Yeah, not buying a word you're saying. You poisoned your own well.09/19/2014 - 3:45am
Michael Chandraallegedly fired over giving a game a mediocre review and the company threatened to pull ads? Sorry but I ain't buying this.09/19/2014 - 3:45am
Michael ChandraBut people arguing this is horrible and just about ethics, even though there's very little support that journalistic integrity was actually violated here, while they never spoke up when a journalist was09/19/2014 - 3:43am
Michael ChandraIf people start with condemning the way GamersGate was used as a misdirection, then use a better hashtag, that would work in convincing me they mean it.09/19/2014 - 3:43am
Andrew EisenOoo, this one came down to the wire! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/749082525/nefarious09/19/2014 - 1:03am
Andrew EisenI don't doubt that many are truly interested in journalistic integrity. The problem I'm often seeing is they seem to have no idea how or where to talk about it.09/18/2014 - 11:46pm
Andrew EisenDidn't word that well. Busy at work. I've seen people claim that GamerGate is solely about ethics and transparency in games journalism and then go on to show that what they're really after is silencing those who talk about gender issues in games.09/18/2014 - 11:45pm
Kronodebate. Becaus apparently people who only post on Reddit are supposed to police twitter before they're allowed to question anything about the people involved.09/18/2014 - 10:40pm
KronoI highly doubt many, if any are using journalistic integrity as a cover for harassment. The people harassing are essentially trolls. They aren't interested in subtle. More often it's othe other way around. People use "but X is being harassed" to shut down09/18/2014 - 10:38pm
Andrew EisenAnd exacerbating everything is the fact that all the cries of ethics violations have been obnoxious and easily proven false.09/18/2014 - 8:59pm
Andrew EisenProblem is, I would imagine, the sheer number of people who are using journalistic integrity as a cover for their harassing actions or only bringing it up on the false pretense of journalistic integrity.09/18/2014 - 8:47pm
Andrew EisenHaving said that, I can certainly see how one would be frustrated if they truly just wanted to talk about journalistic integrity and someone said they were one of the people harassing Sarkeesian, Quinn and others (though I've seen no examples of that).09/18/2014 - 8:44pm
KronoThat's been the common refrain, that talk of journalism ethics is just an excuse to harass people.09/18/2014 - 8:44pm
KronoLines like "like a partial compromise with the howling trolls who’ve latched onto ‘ethics’ as the latest flag in their onslaught against evolution and inclusion." are taring everyone questioning the ethics as a harasser.09/18/2014 - 8:43pm
Andrew EisenKrono - Except, none of the articles were talking about gamers complaining about journalist ethics, let alone called them white male misogynists. They were talking about the gamers who were harassing others.09/18/2014 - 8:36pm
Kronomakes plenty of sense. It's rather hard to dismiss someone as a white guy running a sock puppet when they've posted proof they're a woman, or black, or another minority.09/18/2014 - 8:32pm
Kronothat any critics of journalists were white guys that hated women, and could be dismissed as such. It seems to have helped some. It's kind of difficult to maintain the white guy narrative in the face of a bunch of women and non-white guys. So the tag09/18/2014 - 8:32pm
 

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