Video game group spent $1.1M lobbying in 3Q

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Entertainment Software Association, a trade group representing video game companies, spent nearly $1.1 million on lobbying on issues such as energy efficiency and trade policy in the third quarter, according to a regulatory filing.

That's about the same as it spent in the second quarter of this year. In the third quarter of 2010, the ESA spent slightly more than $1.1 million.

The group, whose members include Microsoft Corp., Disney Interactive Studios Inc., Electronic Arts Inc., Sony Computer Entertainment America and Nintendo of America, also lobbied on entertainment industry ratings and parental control technology.

The ESA opposes government regulation of video game content and says the industry should be able to regulate itself using its own system, which is similar to movie ratings. The industry scored a victory earlier this year on this front, when the Supreme Court struck down a California law banning the sale and rental of violent video games to minors.

The ESA also lobbied on piracy and copyright issues and foreign trade policy reform in the July-September period. And it lobbied on the H1-B visa program, which allows companies to hire foreign workers in specialized and advanced-degree positions on a temporary basis.

The group lobbied Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and other government agencies, according to the report filed on Oct. 19 with the House clerk's office.