The Entertainment Software Association, a U.S. organization representing a coalition of video game developers and publishers, will meet with White House officials this week in order to discuss the role of violent video games in America’s gun violence epidemic.
Last week during a press briefing Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated that President Trump will meet with members of the video game industry in order to discuss video game violence in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting.
Previously, it wasn’t clear what Sanders was referring to, but now it’s evident that a meeting is occuring. It is, however, currently unclear which members of the ESA will meet with the White House, as well as whether or not Trump himself will be present at the talks.
The ESA offered 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.”
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