Entertainment Consumers Association Wants Your Money

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It remains to be seen if this is more than a scam to transfer your dollars to salary of its leadership, but The Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) has been launched. The organization is set up to be a non-profit that aims to focus "its advocacy efforts on consumer rights, anti-games legislation, and a host of other public policy concerns in addition to providing substantial community and affinity benefits to its members."

So what's the problem? Annual membership in the ECA costs just under $20. Certainly, lobbying and educational efforts cost money, but gamers are already paying for those efforts through the games and consoles that they purchase. Certainly, it's important to notice how publishers' interests differ from gamers' interests, but is unlikely to be worth $20 annually.

The ECA was formed by Hal Halpin, the founder of the Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association (IEMA). Given that the IEMA recently merged with the Video Software Dealers Association to become the Entertainment Merchants Association, this seems like an effort by Mr. Halpin to stay in the business to which he has become accustomed.

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