ECA Introduces New Pro-Gaming Chapter with Dave 'Walshy' Walsh

October 10, 2011 -

If you read our ECA Today newsletter then you probably heard on Friday that the Entertainment Consumer Association (ECA)  has backed pro-gamer Dave "Walshy" Walsh's special ECA Chapter dedicated to pro gamers and advocacy. Today the ECA made the official announcement, which you can read below in its entirety. We offer it to you without commentary because GamePolitics is an ECA publication.

**ECA INTRODUCES NEW PRO GAMING CHAPTER WITH DAVE “WALSHY” WALSH**

Virtual Community Group Established with Focus on Competitive Gaming

The Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) announced today that the organization is working together with veteran professional gamer Dave “Walshy” Walsh to unveil an all-new chapter that is focused entirely on eSports and the competitive gaming community. Adding to the 60+ ECA chapters already in existence across North America, this new “virtual” chapter can be joined by current and prospective ECA members interested in engaging more with the community of competitive gaming.

Professional gamer and Michigan native Dave Walsh will serve as the ECA Chapter President and will be available to offer advice and share his experiences as an 8-year veteran in the industry. While many pro gamers are joining Dave’s new chapter, anyone with an interest in eSports and its communities, is welcome.

“I’m excited about establishing this ECA chapter because it takes the amazing work that the organization and its members do and combines it with my love for competitive gaming,” said Dave. “Like the other chapters across the U.S. and Canada, ours can get involved in areas in which our folks are passionate, really take advantage of the discounts that are more attractive to us, and weigh-in on policy areas that impact us, like the Anti-Streaming Bill.”

The new Pro Gaming Chapter will be similar to the virtual “Second Life” chapter, where members can join and interact with others from anywhere in North America. All ECA chapters are designed to keep members connected with other like-minded gamers and with the organization; starting or joining an ECA chapter offers a wealth of education, opportunities to engage, and fun.

“Our network of chapters and their interests are as diverse as our membership,” said Hal Halpin, President of the ECA. “Many of the college and university-based chapters tend to focus on getting together, creating LANs and take advantage of discounts and offers from our restaurant and bar partners; where some of the urban and suburban chapters tend to get more politically-involved and gravitate toward our retail and online member discounts and benefits. That there’s now a place in the organization for those interested in pro gaming and eSports just makes sense. That we have Dave heading it up, is awesome.”

For more information on ECA Chapters, go to: theeca.com/eca_community.

To learn how to become a member, or to find out more about the organization, check out: theeca.com.

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MaskedPixelanteI suspect Howard will show up in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 as a bartender on Knowhere or something.11/22/2014 - 9:52am
Michael ChandraWonderkarp, try games where you don't get interactive cutscenes and only the main character really talks to people. Or games with a silent protagonist. I think the Bechdel test is a nice indicator (though flawed) for movies and such, but not games.11/22/2014 - 7:56am
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Andrew EisenOnly if we lived in a world where a bad movie meant every subsequent attempt would suck. Seriously though, after the last few years, I'll give Marvel the benefit of the doubt that it could make a great Howard the Duck movie.11/22/2014 - 1:29am
Wymorenceisn't that a GOOD thing there isn't a movie after the abomination that was the first?11/22/2014 - 12:27am
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MechaCrashThe point of the Bechdel Test isn't "is this film sexist," it's to illustrate "this is an incredibly low bar and most movies STILL can't pass it."11/21/2014 - 10:11pm
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Andrew EisenIf you missed the HuffPost segment I guested on, the replay is now embedded in the story.11/21/2014 - 6:05pm
Wonderkarphttps://pbs.twimg.com/media/B2__4yZCcAA9Ytp.jpg these look amazing. Peach is the only one I'm tempted to open cause her packaging is bent. get another nonbent one....man. toycollector me and gamecollector me is fighting11/21/2014 - 5:51pm
WonderkarpJust finalized my Smash Bros free Sound Track Order. Also got 4 amiibos and they look fantastic. I'm afraid to open them. they look spectacular!11/21/2014 - 5:45pm
james_fudgeCan we all agree that Andrew cleans up nicely and can go on any program?11/21/2014 - 5:01pm
Wonderkarpthank you for that line, Andrew. alot of great films fail the bechdel test. Gravity fails it and it has a female lead.11/21/2014 - 4:48pm
Andrew EisenAw, thanks James! Well, now I have to drive back to work!11/21/2014 - 4:45pm
Andrew EisenDidn't have a chance to say this on the HuffPost segment but while the Bechdel test is useful as a broad examination of gender representation in media, it's not at all appropriate as a judgment of quality.11/21/2014 - 4:45pm
james_fudgeAndrew you killed it!11/21/2014 - 4:44pm
WonderkarpMadeline Bergman. second female, they never speak of men, just a computer program. it passes the test11/21/2014 - 4:34pm
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Wonderkarpyet Metroid Other M, a game where people cried sexist due to the commanding officers restricting Samus, passes the test....11/21/2014 - 4:21pm
Wonderkarpwait...they are using the bechdel test to determine which games are sexist?.....how does that work with a game like Super Mario Bros when there is no Dialogue? test itself is BS. Alien doesn't pass it11/21/2014 - 4:20pm
 

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