Despite the reluctance of many of its member companies, the ESA apparently spent up to $190,000 in support of the Protect IP Act last year. Kotaku turned up lobbying records of four transactions dispatching lobbyists to discuss a range of matters, including PIPA and SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act). The ESA is a trade organisation which draws fund from member fees and E3, runs the ESRB, and actively champions the video game industry’s cause – but has come under fire for not reflecting its members’ values with regards to the controversial PIPA and SOPA. Both acts have hit obstacles this month.
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