California Governor Jerry Brown Supports ESA Backed Game Development Program in Oakland

California Governor Jerry Brown (D) is a strange bird sometimes. He, representing the state's view as Attorney General, put his name on a lawsuit (Brown v. EMA) defending a 2005 law written by State Senator Leland Yee that sought to prohibit minors from buying Mature rated games. That case went to the Supreme Court and was eventually struck down as unconstitutional. The state ultimately was forced to pay the legal fees of the Entertainment Software Association – the trade group representing the video games industry in the United States – in 2011.

Three years later and Brown's attitude has changed to "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em."

On Monday Gov. Brown celebrated the launch of a pilot education program backed by the ESA in Oakland, California.

"We had a good litigation," Brown said during a press event at the Oakland School of Arts. "They won. They got lots of money. Let's pour it into our schools and kids and particularly kids of color and kids of low income."

"We want to be at the forefront of the electronic world," he said.

The two-year Project A-Game program will teach Oakland and Sacramento students how to create their own games and learn more about how they can find a career in the growing field. The money is coming from multiple sources including the video games industry, which is contributing $150,000; the nonprofit California Endowment, who contributed $300,000 to expand the program; and local developers like Zynga, whose employees will help instruct students.

Source: San Jose Mercury News


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