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Entertainment Software Association head announces exit

Mike Gallagher has led video game industry association since 2007; group produces one of nation’s most high-profile trade shows


Oct. 12, 2018
By Walt Williams

Mike Gallagher will step down as CEO of the Entertainment Software Association by the end of October. The video game industry group, in an Oct. 4 announcement, said a search for Gallagher’s successor would begin soon.

Gallagher has led the $37 million-revenue ESA since 2007. In a statement, the CEO did not give a reason for leaving the association, but called his time at ESA “a tremendous honor.”

“ESA is in a strong position to continue the work ahead,” Gallagher said. “It has an excellent team, ample resources, state-of-the-art D.C. headquarters and members who are fueling growth at fantastic levels.”

The entertainment industry publication Variety cited sources as saying ESA’s board asked Gallagher to resign, but had no information about why.