Remember when International Trade Commission Judge David Shaw recommended that all US imports and sales of Xbox 360s be blocked? Well, the Entertainment Software Association (better known as the ESA) has finally weighed in on the issue, releasing a public statement urging against the proposed ban.
“Our membership includes most of the major US game publishers and the major video game console makers,” the statement read. “An exclusion order banning the importation of Xbox gaming consoles into the US would harm not only Microsoft, but a variety of other parties across the gaming ecosystem, including most importantly consumers and game publishers.”
“The video game industry is a significant contributor to the US economy and job growth, and reaches American consumers of all walks of life,” the statement went on to explain. “According to a 2011 NPD
industry sales report, nearly three-quarters of all American households play games, and consumers spent nearly $25bn on video games, hardware, and accessories in 2011.”
The issue surrounding the ban stems from a patent dispute between Microsoft and Motorola. The two companies have been battling it out across the globe over patents involving Wi-Fi connectivity and video compression, resulting in a German sales ban of key Microsoft products, including the Xbox 360.
If the ITC Commissioners agree with Judge Shaw’s recommendation, it will be President Barack Obama who has the final say regarding the ban. It looks like Microsoft will have to hope that our Commander in Chief isn’t a Sony fanboy.