The ESA has added four more companies to its ranks this week. Most notable is the Zenimax-owned Bethesda Softworks, who casually released one of the biggest games of the year, Fallout 4. The other companies to joined include Vantiv Entertainment Solutions, publisher Greybox, and Snail Games.
“Our newest members are true industry innovators, leading the development of exciting new content and new opportunities to reach and engage consumers,” ESA CEO Michael Gallagher said in a statement included in the announcement. “These highly creative companies represent the broad range of our industry’s offerings, and we look forward to collaborating with them to move our industry forward.”
“ESA has a long-standing tradition of representing the computer and video game industry at the highest level on important policy issues,” added Bethesda owner ZeniMax Media CEO Robert Altman . “We’re proud to join the association that is the leader in promoting the development and growth of the video game industry.”
Basically anyone who is anyone in the gaming industry has a stake in the ESA, with the newest additions joining the likes of Activision Blizzard, Capcom, Electronic Arts, Konami, Nintendo, Take-Two, Ubisoft, and Warner Bros; just to name a few.
If you don’t know who the ESA is, I’ll save you a trip to Google. The ESA are a trade group representing the interests of video game publishers. In addition to that ominous description they also lobby to put a positive spin on video games in the media, operate the American rating system (ESRB) and host E3 (the annual video games trade event).