Entertainment Software Association vs. United Nations
“This is an uninformed, misguided, and unfortunate report. If the overall issue was not so serious, it would be laughable that the UN is citing this work. It is willful ignorance to utilize such incredibly outlandish and outdated data. ESA strongly supports empowering women and minorities and creating an inclusive digital environment that welcomes all perspectives. However, the UN does this important issue a great disservice and undercuts its credibility by spreading ridiculous stereotypes and false opinions.”
The UN, especially UN Women, are doing some great work around the world for human rights. But I applaud the ESA for once again standing up for the game industry by keeping a close eye on materials like this.
I think it’s very interesting that the document has this disclaimer:
The opinions, analyses and recommendations contained in this report do not necessarily reflect the views of UN Women, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and its Executive Board, or of the United Nations Member States.”
Who vetted the report? What kind of experience do they have in digital media? The error made by using that citation seems so naive.