Video game business lobbyist exits

Lowenstein to head up trade group for investors

Entertainment Software Assn. prexy Douglas Lowenstein will ankle his job as the videogame industry’s top lobbyist early next year to head up a trade group for investors.

“Lowenstein will stay on into early 2007 to ensure a smooth transition, and the ESA will begin a full executive search for a replacement immediately,” org said in a statement Tuesday.

Lowenstein originally began the Interactive Digital Software Assn. in 1994. Five years later, it changed its name to the Entertainment Software Assn.

Getting ESA’s message through to Congress become a top priority in recent years as lawmakers have attempted — and still talk of trying — to regulate the vidgame industry in some way. So far, courts have blocked state attempts to regulate sales of vidgames.