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The ESA somehow spends more cash lobbying the US government than the NRA does — at least officially

Despite the fact that gun debates within the US government basically don’t happen while it took the Supreme Court to decide that the creation of video games is protected by the freedom of expression, the Entertainment Software Association managed to beat the National Rifle Association in lobbying bills last year, $4.8 million to $3 million, […]

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Government headlines

  • Official state proclamation declares Sept. 21 "Civilization V Day" in Maryland

    Do you fancy yourself Civilization’s number one fan? Well, have you created a state-wide holiday to honor the historically inaccurate awesome series? Didn’t think so.

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  • UK's GCHQ to run ad campaign on Xbox Live

    UK intelligence organization GCHQ, which works with MI5 and MI6, has announced that it is to run an ad campaign on Xbox Live to attract new recruits. The six-week campaign was put into the works by recruitment firm TMP Worldwide which uses recruiting criteria through “reflected in game-play experiences on Xbox, such as quick thinking, […]

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  • British Government reviewing French tax breaks for UK equivalent

    Following the introduction of a French tax break for games developers, the British Government said in a statement today that it is seriously looking into providing a similar environment for UK developers. “The Government must be mindful of the need to ensure fair competition and value for money for tax payers whilst ensuring that any […]

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  • Nintendo files 301 in US over piracy

    Hot on the heels of ESA’s 301 filing to the US government, pleading for help in the international war on pirates, Nintendo’s jumped on board and done the same thing. This one’s not quite as mad as ESA’s, which called for trade sanctions against Canada, but does include, according that reports, assistance from the US […]

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