Trump's meeting to scapegoat the games industry for US gun violence is on

ESA confirms actual invite after confusion around who would attend

Trump's meeting to scapegoat the games industry for US gun violence is on

American video games trade body the ESA is to hold a meeting with president Donald Trump after all.

The organisation has said it will be headed to the White House to discuss the relationship between video games and gun violence in the US.

The meeting is set to take place on March 8th, but it's not yet clear which companies will be represented.

Will they, won't they

This follows Trump's press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying that the Trump administration had invited top video game publisher to the White House to discuss violence and video games. Except neither the ESA, nor top publishers, had received an invite.

"Video games are enjoyed around the world and numerous authorities and reputable scientific studies have found no connection between games and real-life violence," read a statement from the ESA.

"Like all Americans, we are deeply concerned about the level of gun violence in the United States. Video games are plainly not the issue: entertainment is distributed and consumed globally, but the US has an exponentially higher level of gun violence than any other nation.

"The upcoming meeting at the White House, which ESA will attend, will provide the opportunity to have a fact-based conversation about video game ratings, our industry’s commitment to parents, and the tools we provide to make informed entertainment choices."

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