The ESA Says It Has Not Received an Invitation to Meet With Trump Next Week

The ESA Says It Has Not Received an Invitation to Meet With Trump Next Week

The President will be meeting the video game industry next week. Who specifically is unknown.

The Trump administration announced that the President will be meeting with unnamed members of the video game industry next week to discuss gun violence. Only the ESA says it and its members have received no such invitation.

In a statement to Gamasutra a representative said, "ESA and our member companies have not received an invitation to meet with President Trump." The ESA also issued a statement pushing back against the renewed scrutiny of video games and its links to violence. "The US video game industry has a long history of partnering with parents and more than 20 years of rating video games through the Entertainment Software Rating Board. We take great steps to provide tools to help players and parents make informed entertainment decisions."

The meeting between President Trump and the video game community was announced earlier today during a press briefing by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. It was a vague announcement that listed no specific parties aside from Donald Trump. However it was clear the agenda was to discuss the shooting at Parkland Florida on February 14 which left 17 dead.

"Next week [Donald Trump will] also be meeting with members of the video game industry to see what they can do on that front as well," said Sanders referring to gun violence.

The White House previously held meetings with the games industry during the previous administration following the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012. The meeting between the games industry and then-Vice President Joe Biden led to a call for more research into the potential links between video games and gun violence. Research already conducted has disproven any direct links between the two, unlike research that suggests gun violence are caused by gun ownership.

We will update the post with any developments to this situation, including when specific industry leaders are named for the meeting.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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