Gaming Industry Gets Political
With gaming becoming bigger and bigger business all the time, the industry is now moving to organize itself politically. According to the New York Times, the leading gaming companies have joined forces to create a political action committee, which will raise money for political candidates in favor of the industry’s objectives.
The already-existing Entertainment Software Association (ESA), which includes Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony, and several game developers including Electronic Arts, last year voted to create the PAC, and expects to have it up in running this spring, in time for this year’s general election. The ESA’s chief, Michael D. Gallagher, told the Times that he expects the PAC to donate between $50,000 and $100,000 to candidates this year.
The ESA did not indicate which candidates, or which party, it plans to favor in its contributions. Gallagher told the Times that the ESA held a reception for members of Congress in November, at which one member of Congress, playing a Nintendo Wii golf game for the first time, got a birdie on the first hole.