informa
2 min read
article

New ESA Boss To "Fend Off" Outside Industry Regulation

In a new interview, recently inducted ESA president Michael D. Gallagher has said a top priority for his post will be to "fend off calls" from politicians and advocates who want to see games regulated less as art and media and more like drugs.
In a new interview, recently inducted ESA president Michael D. Gallagher has said a top priority for his post will be to "fend off calls" from politicians and advocates who want to see games regulated less as art and media and more like drugs. The new New York Times interview quotes Gallagher as saying he believes his most basic job function is to "create opportunities for this industry to thrive,” adding that "We need to make sure the policy environment supports the growth of video games." Gallagher, who came to the ESA in May, was formerly an assistant secretary of commerce for communications and information, serving as the chief telecommunications and policy advisor to the Bush administration, and, more recently, communications practice chair at law firm Perkins Coie. He is also a member of both the advisory committee to the secretary general of the United Nations for the Internet governance forum and the U.S. State Department advisory committee on information and communication policy. Gallagher, who recalls in the interview networking Washington representative Rick White's office computers to play Doom when he served as White's chief of staff, said he looks to MPAA chief Jack Valenti as the role model for his new job. He also praised the industry's self regulation on efforts such as the recent action taken against Manhunt 2, and said that he plans to step up focused Congressional lobbying. Gallagher told the Times, “The main challenge is connecting with decision makers and creating champions for the video-game industry in the policy-making arena. So working to set up a way for the Entertainment Software Association to participate in the federal election process is one of my top priorities. Contributing on the federal level is a very important part of our success going forward.”

Latest Jobs

Illfonic

Lakewood, Colorado
05.04.22
Release Manager

PLAYERUNKNOWN Productions

Remote OR Amsterdam, Netherlands
05.05.22
Network Programmer

McKinney, Texas
05.06.22
Associate Game Producer

Remedy Entertainment

Helsinki Metropolitan Area, Finland
05.09.22
Rigging Artist
More Jobs   

CONNECT WITH US

Register for a
Subscribe to
Follow us

Game Developer Account

Game Developer Newsletter

@gamedevdotcom

Register for a

Game Developer Account

Gain full access to resources (events, white paper, webinars, reports, etc)
Single sign-on to all Informa products

Register
Subscribe to

Game Developer Newsletter

Get daily Game Developer top stories every morning straight into your inbox

Subscribe
Follow us

@gamedevdotcom

Follow us @gamedevdotcom to stay up-to-date with the latest news & insider information about events & more