ESA fees rose 1,700% from ’06-’08

By Patrick Garratt, Wednesday, 25 February 2009 07:27 GMT


This is pretty funny. According to this Gamespot story, E3’s decline forced a huge surge in the cost of being an ESA member. Like, a 1,700 percent surge. From the piece:

When the ESA first announced the plans for a smaller E3, it said the resulting revenue shortfall would be made up for partly by a hike in the organization’s membership fees. Those fees were clearly reflected in the ESA’s filing, as membership dues for the year of the Santa Monica E3 (April 1, 2007 – March 31, 2008) were $17.41 million, up nearly 400 percent from the prior year’s total of $4.47 million. The year before that, the ESA’s total income from membership dues was just over $1 million, making for a two-year, 1,700 percent surge in fees.

A flurry of companies left ESA last year, including Activision, LucasArts, id, Crave, and NCsoft.

Now you know why. More through there.

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