ECA Acquires GamePolitics

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Recently, the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) announced its formation. The ECA purports to be a lobbying group working on behalf of gamers rather than publishers or retailers. The organization was formed by Hal Halpin, the founder of the Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association.

Today, the ECA announced that it has acquired GamePolitics, a site dedicated to politically-oriented news concerning computer and video games. The ECA will also partner with NCsoft on the PlaySmart program, such that it will now be known as "PlaySmart presented by the ECA."

The factor that might transform the ECA's plans from noble to self-interested is that the organization demands an annual membership fee of just under $20 per year. The ECA needs to demonstrate that its efforts merit your money. Right now, you would be better off taking $20 worth of your time to write to your senators and congressmen or to agitate on behalf of your personal, pet issue. FI would be more comfortable with the ECA if it worked on a donation basis, and if Hal Halpin openly discussed his salary arrangements.

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