Activision has hired a prestigious lobbyist firm, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld to advocate on a Senate bill that will research the impact of violent video games and programming on children. According to the lobbyist records filed in August Arshi Siddiqui and Ryan Thompson will be handling Activision Santa Monica's account.
The filing gives no indication of where Santa Monica Actvision stands on legislation. Akin Gump declined to comment on the filing or legislation.
The bill in question S.134: Violent Content Research Act of 2013, was introduced by Senator Jay Rockefellar in January. It asks for the National Academy of Sciences to examine whether there is a link between exposure to violent video games and aggression in minors.
The bill was sent to the Senate for consideration on July 30, but they haven't voted yet. The video game industry was once again thrown into the spotlight last December when 20 year old Adam Lanza killed twenty children and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Jay Rockefellar who introduced the bill came out to speak against video games, blaming the violence squarely on entertainment industry's shoulders as a whole stating:
"They have a responsibility to protect our children, if they do not, you can count on the Congress to take a more aggressive role.”