The Entertainment Software Association announced that it will temporarily halt contributions made by its political advisory committee after the attempted coup at the US Capitol by the far-right insurrection.
“Given the events and actions that led to the violence at the US Capitol, we are temporarily halting contributions from the European Space Agency (ESA) as we contemplate the tragedy and our way forward,” the European Space Agency said in a statement. Gamesindustry.biz.
During the 2020 US election cycle, EA PAC donated $ 48,300 to federal candidates. As Gamesindustry.biz notes, five of them, after the violent attack on the Capitol, voted to annul the election results, citing baseless allegations of fraud. These actors are Kevin McCarthy (California), and Earl L. Buddy Carter (R-Ga), Jay Obernollet (R-California), Jackie Walorsky (R-Ind), and Bill Johnson (R-Ohio), who each received between $ 500 and $ 2,500 from ESA PAC.
The European Space Agency has been a political organization since its founding (as the Interactive Digital Software Association) in response to the Video Game Classification Act proposed by Congressman Joe Lieberman of 1994, which would have set up a government committee to evaluate video games if publishers had not worked together to propose ESRB instead.
In the years that followed, the European Space Agency supported anti-piracy legislation, introduction Several million copyright takedown noticesAnd defended loot boxes against proposed regulations multiple Times.
During several previous elections, the ESA PAC contributed more to Republicans than Democrats. The 2020 election cycle has been marked by a swing in the other direction 56.52% of its contributions go to the Democratic candidates.