ESA's VGVN Thanks Members for Defeating Oklahoma Video game Sin Tax

February 23, 2012 -

The Entertainment Software Association's (ESA) Video Game Voters Network (VGVN) sent out a congratulatory message to Oklahoma gamers who defeated a law in the state that would have added a 1 percent "sin tax" to mature rated video games. The goal of the tax was to fund juvenile obesity programs. House Bill 2696 never made it out of committee and a proposal to create an Oklahoma Task Force on Video Games' Relationship to Obesity and Aggression also failed approval.

While several advocacy groups have tried to claim credit for the defeat of the bill, anyone with an ounce of sense knows that it is the community that did the heavy lifting - as they always seem to do when they are needed. Not doubt VGVN helped to motivate some.

While we're glad the VGVN is out there fighting against taxes on games, we are disappointed that its parent organization, the ESA, supports legislation like SOPA, PIPA, and treaties like ACTA. 

Thanks to EZK and everyone else that pointed this out.


 
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