Trump arranged the meeting as part of a wide-ranging effort triggered by the mass shooting at the Parkland, Florida, high school last month.
The White House released a statement Thursday saying that the meeting would address "violent video-game exposure and the correlation to aggression and desensitization in children". A representative from the ESA will attend the meeting. This montage can be found on the official White House YouTube channel as an unlisted video, and features scenes from multiple titles in the Call of Duty series (including the highly controversial No Russian mission from Modern Warfare 2 that simulates a mass shooting), the horror game Dead by Daylight, Wolfenstein, Fallout, Sniper Elite, and The Evil Within.
The White House appears to have an agenda that puts the blame of violence and school shootings on video games instead of other, more concrete catalysts like easy access to guns and lax gun control laws and isn't interested in changing its position.
After the meeting the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) said: 'We discussed the numerous scientific studies establishing that there is no connection between video games and violence, First Amendment protection of video games, and how our industry's rating system effectively helps parents make informed entertainment choices'.
On the day of Call of Duty: Black Ops IV's launch date announcement coincidently, Trump sat with partisans from both sides of the argument that video games are indeed shaping the youth's mind in a violent way.
The White House list of participants includes Strauss Zelnick of Take Two Interactive and the CEO of Rockstar Games; Pat Vance, president of the Entertainment Software Rating Board; Mike Gallagher, president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association; and Robert Altman, chairman and CEO of ZeniMax Media, which is the parent company of Bethesda Networks.
"Why isn't Mario here?" says an imitation Trump, who is reminded that video game characters aren't real. "While he was doing that, there was silence around the room".
"I think he's deeply disturbed by some of the things you see in these video games that are so darn violent, viciously violent, and clearly inappropriate for children, and I think he's bothered by that", Bozell said.
"He may be a globalist, but I still like him", Mr. Trump said.
Furthermore, the ESA rep pointed out that they already have a rating system in place to ensure that parents and children are fully aware of the content in every title that hits the shelves, or those up for digital download.
The suggestions are not limited to video games and even expanded to movies and television shows as well. "That's not to say that cultural factors are irrelevant, but I think Congress has a job to do and we ought to be doing it".
Meanwhile, Florida Senator Marco Rubio contradicted this, telling The Washington Post that he acknowledges there's no link between video games and violence.
Trump has linked video games and violence in society for years.