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Activision Blizzard hires lobbyists for Senate inquiry into violent games

Study aims to determine impact of violent games on children

Activision Blizzard has employed lobbyists for representation on a Senate bill which aims to study the impact of violent video games on children.

The publisher has hired Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld to represent its interests, though neither the publisher nor the lobbyists have announced the company's position on the bill, the Washington Post reports.

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The Senate bill in question calls for a study into links between exposure to violent video games and aggressive behaviour in children. It will determine whether games "have a unique impact on children, considering in particular video games' interactive nature and the extraordinary personal and vivid way violence might be portrayed in such video games."

While Activision hasn't explicitly announced its position on the bill, employing lobbyists is likely to be a defensive tactic given the violent nature of one of its major franchises, the Call of Duty series.

The effect of violent games on children is a frequently recurring topic in the United States, where it is closely linked to gun control debates. In January, President Barack Obama urged for better research into media which glamorises gun culture.

Obama urged congress to "fund research on the effects that violent video games have on young minds."

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