Now the ESA is fighting for net neutrality

Now the ESA is fighting for net neutrality

United States video games trade body The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has asked to join a lawsuit against Federal Communications Commission to get the body to reverse its decision to end net neutrality laws.

Political news outlet The Hill reports that on Wednesday the firm filed a motion for leave to intervene in support of the Democratic attorneys who are ultimately bringing the lawsuit.

The ESA says that fast, reliable and low latency connections are "critical to the ideo games industry" with its members - some of the market's biggest companies - would be "substantially affected" by changes to net neutrality rules.

The organisation also argues that games would be even greater affected than streaming services - those platforms can buffer data in order to offset any low quality connection, which games need a high-quality connection in real time.

In November of last year, the FCC moved to dismantle net neutrality rules, before a vote to that tune passed three-to-two the following month.

The ESA is right - internet service providers not bound by neutrality laws are likely going to throttle connections in order to squeeze the most from consumers. That's what unregulated markets do. And video games are going to be among the most affected.

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