People have been turning against the gaming industry in light of the recent events that have been taking place and president trump is not making things any better either. We reached out to a few game developers and industry leaders such as Nintendo and while we are still waiting on responses, we thought it would be best to publish the responses as they came in.
We asked developers what they thought about the matter and asked them for their official response and we are going to be publishing each companies reply as we get them. You can check them out below:
SegmentNext: In light of all the negativity against the gaming industry and the recent events concerning president Trump we are working on an editorial piece. Being gamers we believe that what is happening is wrong and we want to side with game developers in this harsh atmosphere.
We would like your official statement about the current situation and President Trump is talking about regulating violent video games. Do you think games are to blame for real-life acts of violence? Or are we as an industry are being used a scapegoat? Let us know what you feel and would like to say to our audience, what message would you like to convey to the worried parents and to the officials blaming video games?
According to Travis Shrodes, the Marketing Supervisor for NIS America:
To respond directly to your inquiry I would just like to say that on behalf of NIS America, a company that publishes titles around the world and of all age groups, we always strive to work within the guidelines given to us by the first party, the ESRB, PEGI, USK, ACB, and others to ensure proper moderation of content across all of our fronts both digital and physical. We understand the concern that parents and others have shown and just want to reiterate our commitment to entertainment for all, which we hold dear to our mission statement.
According to Ubisoft PR and Digital Media Manager, Malek Teffaha found this to be pretty controversial and did not comment on the matter but did leave us with the statement of Entertainment Software Association which is as follows:
“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.”
Stay tuned to SegmentNext in order to learn what other game developers and industry leaders think about the recent turn of events.
Let us know what you think about these statements and whether or not you agree with them.