Today over 155 million Americans play video games. We play them on our game consoles, smart phones, computers and web browsers. For over 40 years video games have grown from a niche hobby to an industry that generates over $20 billion in sales, dominates growing platforms like YouTube and Twitch and supports the fastest growing sport in the world, Esports. Despite the ever growing popularity of gaming, it has been the frequent target of political criticism, legislation and the news media.
For nearly 10 years, the Video Game Voters Network (VGVN) has been a place for American gamers to organize and defend against threats to video games. We know that without a critical mass of adult video gamers who are registered to vote and willing to stand firmly behind the games they love, politicians will continue to fire criticism at video games and gamers in order to score easy points for their political campaigns.
Video games are fully protected speech under the Constitution and receive the same First Amendment protection as books, movies, music and television. VGVN opposes efforts to regulate video game content any differently than other mediums and proposals to criminalize the sale of certain games to minors. VGVN’s goal is to enable gamers to stay educated about these issues, register to vote and ensure their voice is heard by federal, state and local officials. VGVN is sponsored by the Entertainment Software Association, a trade group representing America’s video game publishers.
The time for gamers to stand up and speak out is now! Your voice could not be more important. Take the first step to protect video games — join VGVN today.