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Video Game Industry Association ‘ESA’ Announces Stanley Pierre-Louis as its Next President and CEO

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Entertainment industry veteran to lead association during a period of rapid growth and change in the global video game industry

 

Stanley Pierre-Louis, an industry executive with more than two decades of entertainment experience, will be the Entertainment Software Association’s (ESA) new President and CEO. The ESA is the industry body representing the $43.4 billion U.S. video game industry. The association made the announcement at a time when more than 164 million adults in the United States play video games, and three-quarters of all Americans have at least one video game player in their household.

With the incredible growth and prominence of the video game industry, the industry sought an executive with deep experience in entertainment, law, and policy to lead the industry into its next chapter. Pierre-Louis, who assumed the role of Acting President and CEO in October, 2018, will assume the permanent role of President and CEO immediately. Pierre-Louis joined the ESA as its General Counsel in May, 2015.

Pierre-Louis is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Clark University. He earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he also served on The University of Chicago Law Review’s Board of Editors. Following law school, he clerked for Judge David A. Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Pierre-Louis served previously on several boards, including on the University of Chicago’s Alumni Board of Governors, the law school’s Visiting Committee, the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, and Lincoln Center Education, the educational arm of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

“Stan’s strategic vision, years of entertainment industry experience, and policy expertise make him the ideal choice to lead our industry through this period of growth and opportunity,” said Robert Altman, Chairman of the ESA Board, and Chairman and CEO of ZeniMax Media, parent company of game publisher, Bethesda Softworks. “The Board and the industry look forward to his leadership of the ESA.”

Prior to the ESA, Pierre-Louis served as Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property (IP) at Viacom Inc., where he was responsible for managing major IP litigation, developing strategies for protecting digital content and leading other IP-related legal initiatives for brands including Nickelodeon, MTV, Paramount Pictures, and more than 130 other networks worldwide. He previously served as co-chair of the Entertainment and Media Law Group at Kaye Scholer LLP in New York City as well as Senior Vice President for Legal Affairs at the Recording Industry Association of America in Washington, DC.

“I look forward to leading the ESA and advocating for the industry with a strong voice and clear vision,” said Pierre-Louis. “The future of our industry is bright and limitless. Video games are a part of the fabric of American culture and a cornerstone of entertainment.”

The U.S. video game industry is one of the nation’s fastest-growing economic sectors and provides more than 220,000 jobs in all 50 states, and more than 520 colleges and universities in 46 states offer programs or degrees related to video games.

 

The ESA offers a wide range of services to interactive entertainment software companies, including conducting business and consumer research; providing legal and policy analysis and advocacy on First Amendment, intellectual property, and technology/e-commerce issues; managing a global content protection program; owning and operating E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo); and representing video game industry interests before federal and state governments. For more information, visit ESA’s website or follow ESA on Twitter @theESA.

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GLI University’s Mid-Year Regional Gaming Regulators’ Seminar to Co-Locate with NCLGS Summer Meeting, in Minneapolis

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The Mid-Year Regional Gaming Regulators’ Seminar of GLI University will be held in conjunction with the Summer Meeting of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States. The venue will be the Radisson Blu Downtown in Minneapolis. Regulators participating GLI Mid-Year Seminar are invited to join dozens of state legislators and hundreds of industry professionals at the NCLGS Summer Meeting.

“As the number of states considering and adopting sports betting laws continue to increase at a pace much faster than anticipated, the GLI Regulators Seminar and NCLGS offer the ideal forum for the discussion of policy choices facing legislators and regulators. GLI’s partnership with NCLGS has resulted in record attendance at both gatherings by attracting the leading policy makers and regulators in the country. It is truly a unique opportunity to meet with those shaping gaming policy and the regulatory environment in the U.S,” Kevin Mullally, GLI Vice President of Government Relations and General Counsel said.

NCLGS is the only organization of state lawmakers that meets on a regular basis to discuss issues relating to gaming. Members of NCLGS serve as chairpersons or members of state legislative committees responsible for the regulation of gaming in their state legislative houses.

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Guest from Missouri Wins Grand Prize of $1 Million in Slot Tournament at M Resort

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John E, a lucky guest from Hollywood Casino – St. Louis in Missouri, has won the grand prize of $1 million during the 2019 mychoice Millionaire Slot Tournament at M Resort. After three rounds of the tournament play, John E ended up with the highest cumulative score to become the winner of $1 million.

“Out of over 300 players that participated in the 2019 mychoice Millionaire Slot Tournament, we are beyond thrilled that John E. won the grand prize of $1 million. M Resort is a fantastic place to stay and play, especially as our all-new mychoice program ramps up this summer with some really great promotions,” Patrick Durkin, VP of Marketing at M Resort Spa Casino.

During the tournament weekend, guests enjoyed not only exciting gaming action, but also took advantage of M Resort’s unparalleled selection of food and beverage offerings and entertainment. $10,000 in Free SlotPlay and comps were also awarded to lucky mychoice Millionaire attendees throughout the tournament.

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Republican Senator Says Anti-Loot Box Bill Mainly Focus on Children

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Josh Hawley, the Republican senator, has made waves with his proposal “Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act.” The bill would ban loot boxes and microtransactions in games “designed for children.” According to Hawley, children are the main focus of the bill.

Hawley revealed that the idea for the bill came from “being a parent of two little boys,” as well as “talking to a lot of parents.” He also mentioned that he has heard from “lots of gamers” about their worries about the increasing volume of microtransactions in all kinds of games. Hawley also said that his children do not currently play games at all.

According to Hawley, children may not “know the nature of these microtransactions.” Comparing them to casinos, which of course minors aren’t legally able to enter, he noted that this bill falls in line with other efforts to “regulate what our children are exposed to.”

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