ESA Issues Brief Statement on Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

Late last night the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) broke its silence on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, offering its condolences to the families of the victims, but urging lawmakers to include a mountain of research that has shown no correlation between playing video games and real-world violence. The statement was likely a response to a bill in the senate sponsored by Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) that calls for the National Academy of Sciences to conduct an 18-month study of the effect of violent video games compared to other entertainment mediums.

"The Entertainment Software Association, and the entire industry it represents, mourns the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Our heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to the families who lost loved ones, and to the entire community of Newtown," the statement read. "The search for meaningful solutions must consider the broad range of actual factors that may have contributed to this tragedy. Any such study needs to include the years of extensive research that has shown no connection between entertainment and real-life violence."

There have been a number of highly speculative reports citing the shooter's (who we will not name out of respect for the victims) played a number of "violent video games" including Call of Duty, StarCraft, Mario Party, World of Warcraft, and Dynasty Warriors. These claims have not been confirmed.

The Entertainment Software Association is the trade group that represents the video game industry, runs the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo and operates the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), which provides the ratings classifications for video games in the United States.

Source: Washington Post

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