US President Donald Trump will meet next week with ai???members of the videogame industryai??? to discuss game violence following last monthai??i??s school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Itai??i??s not clear who in the industry is attending this meeting, and some of the most obvious candidates seem unaware of it.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced the meeting in a press briefing yesterday (see video at 6:30), when asked about the presidentai??i??s policy on guns. This follows Trump’s comments last week thatAi??ai???the level of violence in videogames is shaping young people’s thoughtsai???, and proposals by a Rhode Island representative to impose a 10% sales tax on M-rated games.
The ESA, the trade association representing the US games industry and which organises E3, told Kotaku that they and their ai???member companies have not received an invitation to meet with President Trump.ai??? Their members represent most of the world’s biggest games publishers, including EA, Activision-Blizzard, Ubisoft, Bethesda, Epic, Bandai Namco, Square Enix, Take-Two, and many more.Ai??
They went on to say that ai???the same videogames played in the US are played worldwide; however, the level of gun violence is exponentially higher in the US than in other countries. Numerous authorities have examined the scientific record and found there is no link between media content and real-life violence.ai???