ESA releases annual report with historic achievements

Last year was a historic one for the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) according to its recently released 2011 annual report.

Last year was a historic one for the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) according to its recently released 2011 annual report.

Some of the highlights from the report include the association's involvement in pushing for affirmation for the game industry's First Amendment rights. The US Supreme Court ruled in the case of Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA)/ESA that video games enjoy the same constitutional protections as books, movies, and fine arts,

"It was a tremendous victory for our industry, its artists, and consumers," the president and CEO of the ESA, Michael Gallagher wrote in his president's report.

"The decision places video games where they belong – alongside other protected forms of speech – and provides a solid defense against future attempts to institute content-based regulations for media and other creative works."

The ESA also boasted a number of achievements in 2011, such as receiving approximately 45,000 attendees at E3, negotiating with lawmakers in Florida, Puerto Rico, Texas, and Utah to acknowledge the game industry's economic benefits and thus enacting bills to create new or improve existing tax incentives for video game production.

The industry body also worked with federal agencies and law enforcement officials to crack down on piracy and intellectual property theft. The ESA conducted training sessions on detecting and investigating video game piracy, training more than 1500 law enforcement officials in the US, Canada, and Mexico, as well as promoting youth education and emphasizing the importance of respecting intellectual property rights.

The full report can be viewed here.

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