ESA Shutting Down NYC Office, Consolidating Operations to D.C.

March 12, 2008 -

GamePolitics has learned that the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), which represents the interests of U.S. video game publishers, is consolidating operations by shutting down its New York office.

Although the ESA is headquartered in Washington, D.C., it has long maintained a New York office which it shares with the ESRB, the video game industry's content rating organization. The ESRB will remain up and running at the New York location.

ESA New York was headed by Senior VP and General Counsel Gail Markels (left), a respected former Brooklyn prosecutor. Markels' status in the consolidation remains unclear, although there are strong indications that she is (or shortly will be) out of a job.

Nor was hers an insignificant position. Markels earned $317,000 in 2005, the last year for which GamePolitics has data.

The New York office's responsibilities included dealing with state-level video game legislation. Under Markels' watch the video game industry compiled a flawless litigation record in that regard, persuading federal courts that all nine video game laws passed at the state level were unconstitutional. 

A February ESA press release announced that DC-based VP Ed Desmond was assuming the organization's state-level legislative duties as part of new responsibilities.

GamePolitics was unable to get a comment from the ESA for this story.


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Even the ESA serves a function. Although it may be tough to find a ESA Fan Club

Jack claims victories for just about everything. Besides he speeches usally include underlying tones of "LOOK I'M IMPORTANT, HEY YOUR NOT LOOKING! SEE I'M ON TV AND YOUR NOT!"

Maybe the last time they leave the office they can do that dramatic backwards hitchhiking walk you see in the end credits of The Incredible Hulk tv series.....

Only if they put that piano music over some kind of tannoy system while they do it ;)

I expect Jack Thompson claiming victory or something.

...well, Jack claims victory for most things in life. But the fact that Gail Markels coordinated the legal battle which doomed his unconstitutional Louisiana video game law should preclude that.

Maybe.

:-)

As much as I loathe the ESA's recent behavior, they still need to be credited for making Leland Yee unsuccessful in trying to get his liberal views as the law of the land.

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@Gamepolitiks:

Good to know it. She is a heroine. I hope she stays in the ESA.

This is interesting. I'm curious to see ESA's pulling out of NYC coinciding with Eliot Spitzer's resignation.

@GP:

You forget though he doesn't exactly live in the 'real world' he resides in Thompsonland, where he's Emperor of the Universe, and Strauss Zelnick is his personal slave... (Also the sky is green and it rains donuts every now and then. :P)

But here's hoping it turns out to be a good thing.

They're just tired of paying rent in NYC. Downtown DC is bad enough, but DC and NYC? Half their budget probably just goes to rent.

[...] According to this, ESA’s shutting down its operation in New York and consolidating in Washington DC. There are more details through the link, but this is all yet to be confirmed. [...]

This will certainly allow for more concentrated effort.

Watch, the DC HQ building will get called on a "violation." Probably the door being a micron too short.

@kurisu7885
Nah it'll be the curtains, they won't QUITE go with the rest of the decor...

Why would the ESA need multiple offices in the first place? Are state level laws in america so difficult that they need local offices rather than just representatives from those areas?
 
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