Last week, I posted that President Trump planned to meet with members of the video game industry to discuss violence in the media, even though it was news to the ESA, who claimed they never received an invite from the White House.
Well it turns out that the date is set and the ESA will be there. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed that a meeting will take place March 8.
In response, the ESA has put out the following statement:
“Video games are enjoyed around the world and numerous authorities and reputable scientific studies have found no connection between games and real-life violence. Like all Americans, we are deeply concerned about the level of gun violence in the United States. Video games are plainly not the issue: entertainment is distributed and consumed globally, but the US has an exponentially higher level of gun violence than any other nation. The upcoming meeting at the White House, which ESA will attend, will provide the opportunity to have a fact-based conversation about video game ratings, our industry’s commitment to parents, and the tools we provide to make informed entertainment choices.”
The ESA makes a valid point that video games are consumed worldwide, but no other nation has a fraction of the gun violence that is found in the US.