As you may well know, the President of the United States recently issued an executive order banning certain foreign nationals from entering America. You might wonder how in the world this relates to Reset After Dark and our focus. Relax; this is not an attempt for us to be SJWs. Instead, we want to report on how the electronic entertainment industry is reacting to the ban.
What the Ban Is
The ban directs the federal government to find out any relevant information about any country in order to determine that anyone trying to get into the United States is who he says he is and then prepare a report for the President’s review within thirty days. While the government is gathering that information, people from certain countries will not be allowed into the United States, as it is considered detrimental to American interests. Those countries include Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Libya, among others.
Once the President receives the report, the government has another sixty days to continue information-gathering for any countries that have not helped the American government in its research.
How the Electronics Entertainment Industry Is Responding
Everyone has a different opinion of the Trump Administration’s ban. Notably, two groups related to the electronics entertainment industry have issued their opinions on the ban. The Entertainment Software Association made the following declaration:
“The Entertainment Software Association urges the White House to exercise caution with regard to vital immigration and foreign worker programs. As a leading force in technology and exporter of entertainment, the U.S. video game industry thrives on the contributions of innovators and storytellers from around the world. While recognizing that enhancing national security and protecting our country’s citizens are critical goals, our companies rely on the skilled talent of U.S. citizens, foreign nationals, and immigrants alike. Our nation’s actions and words should support their participation in the American economy.”
The ESA does market research, offers legal and policy analysis related to the First Amendment, owns and operates the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), and represents the video game industry in state and federal government relations. All things considered, this is a moderate position for the ESA to take. It is not directly criticizing the ban and hardly advocates a position. Let us see a more aggressive position, one espoused by Insomniac Games:
Insomniac Games CEO Ted Price made this statement yesterday in response to the ban. Unlike the more temperate ESA statement, Price’s statement hits hard. He expressed certainty that the ban would hurt the quality of Insomniac Games’s staff. Price asked in his statement, “Is this the American way? Is discriminating based on religious faith or national origin American?” He answered his own rhetorical question with a resounding, “Absolutely not!” and went on to call the act “deplorable,” “discriminatory,” and “patently unconstitutional.” He ended his message by asking people who agree to take action and contact their federal representatives or join organizations opposed to the ban.
Do you agree with the ESA or Price? Both? Neither? Let us know what you think in the comments.