ESA: Video Game Voters Network Has More Than 500K Members

March 18, 2013 -

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) claims that its Video Game Voters Network has reached 500,000 members. In a press release issued today the trade group representing the interests of the video game industry and the owner of the ESRB says that its membership has "doubled in size" over the last three years.

"As the prevalence and influence of computer and video games in our society has grown, so too has the dedicated membership of VGVN," said ESA senior VP of communications and industry affairs Rich Taylor.

"These highly engaged members make their voices heard in government offices across the country, educating officials about video games' positive impacts and advocating for policy issues affecting game creators and consumers."

The ESA launched the VGVN in 2006 as "place for American gamers to organize and defend against threats to video games by registering to vote and letting Congress know how important this issue is to the community."

While I applaud the ESA's efforts, I wish that it stood up for consumers beyond laws that affect the video games industry in the U.S. Issues like digital rights management, restrictive laws against copyright like SOPA and PIPA, consumer-unfriendly laws already in place like the DMCA, unfair EULAs and TOS's from game developers and publishers, and many other issues could use some attention. All of these things are in their wheelhouse, after all.


Comments

Re: ESA: Video Game Voters Network Has More Than 500K Members

Considering that "joining" the VGVN is nothing more than signing up to a glorified mailing list, it is no wonder it has so many "members". When they start requiring members to renew their membership in some way, we can talk about how big the organization is. 

Re: ESA: Video Game Voters Network Has More Than 500K Members

This would change a lot of things. I would suspect that many of those member persons, like myself, signed up on the heels of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas' "Hot Coffee" brouhaha, and never did anything beyond that (as, for the longest time, the organisation was silent).

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Papa Midnight

Re: ESA: Video Game Voters Network Has More Than 500K Members

If it weren't for the e-mail I got in my inbox last week from them when I signed up after their initial inception, I'd have forgotten about the existence of this astroturf organisation. It's a shame to see an organisation which could do a lot of good be used only as an industry mouthpiece to promote the more draconian efforts of the industry and call upon members for defense when it suits them to do so. Curiously enough, they treat those same members as idiots and criminals (with neither being mutually exclusive).

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Papa Midnight

Re: ESA: Video Game Voters Network Has More Than 500K Members

At no time was it more apparent just how bad the VGVN is as an organization was during the SOPA protests. Every gamer organization was out complaining about the legislation except for the VGVN. Why? Because its parent organization, the ESA, was supportive of SOPA. 

I have never signed up for the VGVN and never will. 

 

 
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