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The National Committee for Games Policy is the world’s first public policy think tank associated with the video games and interactive entertainment industry. The NCGP is part of a larger movement dealing specifically with laws pertaining to video games. The objective of the NCGP is to help government policy regarding video games develop appropriately with guidance and input from industry leaders. The NCGP is not a traditional special interest group, since we have no stated position on any issue, and instead seek to collate the information provided by the public and games professionals into a unified political position. We take the stance of adopting the opinions and views of our industry expert members and evidence found through our research efforts. The NCGP is independently funded and does not receive grants from the federal government or donations from any political parties. Individual members of the NCGP, however, are free to associate with whatever special interest groups or political parties they wish.
The first action of the NCGP is its creation; a privately funded think tank known as the ITK. The work of the NCGP ITK is to represent itself as a group of consummate professionals from every part of the video game community. We seek to represent the entire industry, and as such will not release opinions on differences within the industry except as they relate to public policy. Members names will only be released if they give permission, and their writing reflects their own opinions. The NCGP will never take a position on policy; we will give policy makers the information the information they need to make informed decision. Our political connections will get this information to them.
The second and much more important arm of the NCGP is our establishment of the video game industry’s first, and de facto, self regulatory organization. Independent of the think tank is the NCGP SRO. As an SRO, our purpose is to protect consumers from unscrupulous video game companies by investigating and bringing legal action against those companies that have damaged the public consciousness in some way, whether mental or physical. To do this we’ve enlisted the aid of game developer’s employees as well. By establishing the first video game industry whistleblower center, we’re able to help the video game industry fight things such as withheld overtime pay.
The NCGP is a registered 527 political organization and its filings can be found on the IRS website. It was formed for the purpose of influencing video games policy.
THE HISTORY OF THE NCGP
“Sometime in early 2017 I started an organization called the California Republican Caucus (CRC). The CRC was founded because my views no longer aligned with the Republican Liberty Caucus Los Angeles (RLCLA), a 527 political organization, which I was an officer in (having joined the RLCLA after working for Ali Jahangiri, founder of Super PAC Gen Next) appointed by Republican Party of Los Angeles board member Nick Hankoff.
The CRC had an initiative called the VVV (very violent video games) designation, which was given to video games deemed violent. The VVV was given by a subcommittee of the CRC called the “Independent Video Games Commission”. The VVV designation was only officially given to one game before it was scrapped, Dude Simulator.
This was scrapped later on with the idea of the new NCGP which came after brainstorming with 17 year old Jack Wegrich. At the time, the NCGP in turn started as a subcommittee of the NCAP, a business organization that was the re-named version of the Southern California Chamber of Commerce. Tom Buscaglia, the former chair of the IGDA, was invited to join the NCGP before launch, but he only said maybe because he was concerned that the NCAP had control over the NCGP, and it was unclear to him and everyone else what the NCAP is.
The SCCC was modeled after two organizations. The first is the York Rite Freemasons of which I was a prospect for (my main sponsor was Ken, the west coast secretary), though never joined, and the equally secretive Asian American Chamber of Commerce in Santa Ana, an organization which became inactive years ago. The AACCSA was cofounded by Tam “Nick” LeCong. Nick is known as the former Chief of Staff for California State Senator Janet Nguyen and a highly controversial figure in local politics.
The AACCSA itself is a splinter organization from the Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce (VACOC) whose old guard consists of the founders of the AACCSA as mentioned by former VACOC President Tam Nguyen.
The founder of the AACCSA is my father’s best friend, who served with him in the Vietnam War in the same unit in South Vietnam’s army, the ARVN. It was because of my father’s time in the Vietnam War that caused Paul Lucas, California Democratic Central Committee member and an aide to Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, to invite me to work for him when I was 17 to work for him.
Why I decided to work in politics at 17, is a story for another day.”
– The Founder