"With a thriving gaming community already present and growing in Canada, we are proud to extend the opportunities and benefits that our U.S. ECA members have been enjoying for years," said ECA President Hal Halpin. "Canada is an important area of growth for us and we are excited to welcome Canadian gamers who are interested in community and any issues that affect gamers."
The ECA advertises numerous benefits for its members, including discounted admission to various videogame consumer shows, a 30-day trial Warcry Choice membership, product discounts from various partners, monthly draws for assorted prizes and more. Similar programs and benefits will soon be offered for Canadian members, and chapter organizations are already operating in various local gaming communities.
The Entertainment Consumers Association was formed in 2006 as a non-profit "advocacy organization for consumers of interactive entertainment." The group focuses on game-related issues including consumer rights, anti-games legislation and other public policy concerns. Membership in the ECA costs $19.99 per year. For more information, go to theeca.com.