Just this morning, The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced the return of Activision Blizzard to the association, and the addition of a new company, Tencent. The ESA is who puts on the E3 conventions every year, and represents the gaming industry on Capitol Hill. The ESA’s current membership is at 37 companies, including big league companies like Microsoft Corporation, Nintendo of America, and Sony Computer Entertainment of America, just to name a few.

Activision has been absent from the ESA since May of 2008, they said that they left for business reasons. Today, chief legal officer for Activision Blizzard, Chris Walther, said that the company is “excited” to return to the association. “ESA has a long track-record of supporting its members and the video game industry, and we look forward to sharing our unique perspective and experience with them,” he said in a statement.

The new addition to the association, Tencent, is a Chinese internet company who is a majority stock holder in League of Legends developer Riot Games, and owns 40% of Epic Games, the studio behind Gears of War. Gordon Bellamy, Tencent’s director of business development and industry relations, said, “ESA supports and cultivates collaboration among member companies. We are excited to join an association that promotes the development of the U.S. game industry as we are exploring more opportunities in this market.

The ESA’s president, Michael Gallagher, met with vice president Joe Biden to discuss the impact of violent media in mass shootings. This meeting was brought on by December’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, where an alleged “deranged gamer” was responsible for the shooting. The ESA also defended the industry in 2011, when the Supreme Court ruled against a California law which prevented retailers from selling violent video games to children, deeming the law, “unconstitutional”. The attorneys that were on the case received awards for their contributions.

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