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ESA president publicly refutes DICE speaker's remarks
ESA president publicly refutes DICE speaker's remarks
February 10, 2014 | By Alex Wawro

February 10, 2014 | By Alex Wawro
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Michael Gallagher, president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association, publicly admonished venture capitalist Gilman Louie for remarks Louie made about the state of the game industry during his DICE 2014 talk "Disrupting Gaming."

Louie, perhaps best known in the game industry for his work licensing Tetris from its creators in the Soviet Union, exhorted attendees to improve the public image of the game industry by, among other things, establishing an organization to advance the interests of the industry as a whole.

"One [DICE] speech from an admittedly accomplished industry pioneer was so off-base and filled with misinformation that it requires an immediate response," wrote Gallagher in a published response that includes -- among other things -- a list of eight objectives, set by Louie, that Gallagher argues the ESA is already achieving.

Gallagher responds to Louie's call for the industry to offer gaming scholarships, for example, by highlighting the charity work of big industry players like Activision Blizzard and pointing out that the ESA has been offering gaming scholarships for years.

You can -- and should -- read Gallagher's response in full on the ESA website.


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Rodolfo Rosini
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Gallagher's job is to serve the incumbents that pay his salary from disruption by new entrants in the market. Louie makes money from investing in these companies and by outinnovating existing businesses. The rest is hot air.

Michael Ball
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It should be noted that Mr. Louie only obtained the rights for the PC versions of Tetris. Bullet-Proof Software's Henk Rogers was responsible for obtaining the rights for the NES and Game Boy versions, the Game Boy version being the one that started the Tetris phenomenon.

Andrew Perti
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For reference, Gilman Louie's talk has been posted here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kp0yLOmbCk4


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